Things possibly on the table?
- Roe v Wade
- Voting rights/voter disenfranchisement
- Affirmative Action
people forget that the SCOTUS has a lot of control over many major laws that affect many of us.
They’ve got a lot of power yes, but I think it’s relatively passive compared to all other branches of the US government. For example, they can’t all get together and decide that they’re going to make a ruling on an issue that isn’t brought up in court.
The last decision they handed down relating to….I think it was law like SB 1070. They handed down a decision that was in favor of the attorneys representing the state of Arizona. Everyone construed the ruling as if the Court had expressed clear approval on the constitutionality of something like SB 1070, but the ruling was actually really technical and had nothing to do with the constitutionality. They can’t make a decision on something that isn’t brought to them.
They make hard-hitting decisions with enormous staying power, but they’re not given a lot of chances to do so in nuanced ways because of the way that cases are presented to them. They’re resigned to the context of the cases presented, and not really in a position to be a progressive body of change all on their own.@7 months ago with 59 notes