In its final day of the 2015 term, the Supreme Court handed down decisions reinforcing the death penalty, upholding Arizona (and thereby California’s) congressional redistricting process and limiting the President’s power to limit pollution from power plants.
In addition to those, the court also announced that next term it will re-hear a case about the use of race in college admissions. That case involves a white woman who sued after she was denied admission to UT-Austin. A conservative-leaning federal appeals court in New Orleans has twice sided with the University’s policy, but experts now believe that the Supreme Court’s decision to re-hear the case may portend tighter restrictions on affirmative action in higher education.
Jody Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California
Vik Amar, a professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law
Timothy Cama, Energy and Environment Reporter at The Hill