After bulking up the Supreme Court’s docket on Sept. 25 with 17 additional cases, the justices head into their new term today facing a full array of hot button issues — executive power, death penalty, Internet free speech — that will continue to measure just how far to the right the Roberts Court is heading on the eve of a presidential election.

Last term was widely viewed as a sharp turn by the Court in a conservative direction. But this term might be different. At least one keen Court-watcher predicts that simply because of the different lineup of cases this term, by next June it will be conservatives, not liberals, who will be angry at the Supreme Court.