The New York Times reviews the end-of-term possibilities at the U.S. Supreme Court in an article today – “10 Decisions remain this term”:
“If the recent past is any guide, the justices are planning no more than two more decision days: Monday and Thursday next week. That presents the distinct possibility that landmark rulings on affirmative action, gay rights and commercial speech could all be handed down on a single morning.
The superheated atmosphere was captured today by an announcement from the media relations office at the University of Michigan that if the decisions in the Michigan affirmative action cases come down on Monday, the university’s president, Mary Sue Coleman, will be on the court’s plaza beginning at 10:30 in the morning to discuss them.
The only problem is that with opinions being announced from the bench at 10 o’clock, in a process that often takes 15 minutes or more, there is almost no chance that either President Coleman or any of her questioners would have had the opportunity to read and absorb them. But she will undoubtedly have an eager audience of television news reporters grateful for a live picture.”