Civil Rights Cases: Some Hot-Button Issues

National Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 48 (August 6, 2008), pp. 8, 10


The U.S. Supreme Court's civil rights cases this term might be more notable for the uncertainties they raise than for anything they resolve. The court tackled several political hot-button issues this spring deciding cases involving gun ownership, the War on Terror and voter-identification laws. In each case, the justices managed to answer a small number of important questions yet, at the same time, open the door to a potential landslide of new litigation.