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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!