THE SUPREME COURT: Rushing Toward Recess

Hearts set on recessing by the end of June, minds wrestling with a huge term-end backlog, the nine Justices of the Supreme Court face a forbidding task. Before this week is out, they hope to decide 32 cases—nearly a fifth of the year's docket—including the constitutionality of capital punishment and press gags. Last week the court ruled on no fewer than 24 cases. Four had particular national significance:

¶ By a 7-to-2 vote the court held that nonreligious private schools may not refuse to admit students because of their race. The majority rejected the contention that "parental interests" in the...

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