Law: Back to Business - and Lots of It

The Supreme Court returns to a docket that is both hot and heavy

As usual on the first Monday of October, the Chief Justice, his white leonine mane flowing behind him, took the center chair on the bench and announced the court's opening case (Colorado vs. New Mexico, a water-rights dispute). To the Chief Justice's right was the senior Justice, William Brennan, 76, back from his Nantucket summer home, his lively eyes on full alert behind his spectacles. The court's junior member, Sandra Day O'Connor, fresh from an African safari vacation, looked stern as...