The U.S. Supreme Court enters its first conference meeting of 2018 with a list of heavyweight petitions ranging from constitutional attacks on administrative law judges at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, an ethics fight between the U.S. solicitor general and the ACLU, and Arizona’s death penalty.

Traditionally, mid-January marks the time the justices finish adding cases for argument during the current term. At the end of 2017, only nine cases were awaiting argument dates. That leaves considerable room for the justices to fill the March and April argument calendars.

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