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March 27, 2007

More on slow-poke SCOTUS

Though the Supreme Court issued two new opinions today (details here and here from SCOTUSblog), the Justices still have not resolved one case from its October sitting and a few from its November sitting (including the James case I am eagerly anticipating).  And, picking up on the Court's slow pace, Bloomberg New has this new article entitled "Roberts's Supreme Court Falls Behind in Pace of Issuing Rulings."   Here is the article's start:

As U.S. Supreme Court cases go, Global Crossing v. Metrophones, an administrative-law tussle over pay-phone fees, hardly looms as a landmark. That's why lawyers in the dispute are so puzzled that almost six months after hearing arguments, the court hasn't ruled.

The case has become a symbol of John Roberts's second year as chief justice, one in which the court has fallen well behind its typical schedule.  Six months into the 2006-07 term, the justices have issued only 19 signed opinions, 12 fewer than at this point a year ago. "I don't remember the pace of opinions ever being this slow,'' said Roy Englert, a Washington lawyer who argued his first Supreme Court case in 1987 and represented Metrophones Telecommunications Inc. in the Oct. 10 pay-phone argument.

While the court may release more opinions today, the delays, coupled with an unusually large number of April arguments, mean the vast majority of rulings will come in the term's final three months.  Still to be decided are potentially far-reaching cases on abortion, school integration, student free-speech rights and election spending.

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