Law: The Final Days

Court adjourns with a flurry

The U.S. Supreme Court is an institution steeped in traditions: the round of handshakes before its conferences, the help the Justices give one another in donning robes before taking the bench and, each year, the barrage of weighty decisions during the term's final days. Sure enough, last week the court ended its nine-month session with several rulings that, while overshadowed by the Iranian assets case and the Agee passport decision, nevertheless remain significant.

The court ruled that broadcasters must give "reasonable access" to candidates for federal office who wish to advertise. The issue arose when the three major...

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