Justices set to hear arguments in key cases as end of SCOTUS term draws near

Though marquee cases involving the Second Amendment and abortion have gotten much of the nation’s attention during the current term at the U.S. Supreme Court, there are a number of other matters in which arguments are soon to be heard that are equally worthy of notice, as The Hill reports.

Notably, the arguments in these controversies will be the last in which Justice Stephen Breyer will participate prior to his retirement and before recently confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson joints the court.

One of the cases to watch is that involving a high school football coach in Washington state who was fired for conducting on-field prayers following games in which students voluntarily participated.

Joe Kennedy, the coach at issue, sued the public school district and claimed that his free speech and religious freedoms under the First Amendment had been violated, and though lower courts rejected those contentions, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately agreed to hear his appeal.

Also of interest in the waning weeks of the current term is a case involving a law enforcement officer’s failure to recite Miranda warnings prior to questioning a possible suspect in a sexual assault incident.

Though the interrogation yielded a confession that was ultimately used at trial, the accused was found not guilty and then filed a civil suit against the questioning officer for an alleged violation of the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination stemming from the failure to read Miranda warnings. In this particular controversy, the Biden administration has indicated its desire to see the law enforcement officer prevail.

Aside from the long-awaited abortion ruling that could see Roe v. Wade overturned during the current term, perhaps the most prominent case yet to be decided by justices before summer is that concerning the Biden administration’s attempt to end the Trump-era immigration policy widely referred to as “Remain in Mexico.”

The policy halted the entry at the border of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. and compelled their return to Mexico pending adjudication of their claims. Though the Biden administration tried on two separate occasions to reverse the policy, lower courts ruled otherwise, and the high court agreed to hear the matter on appeal.

Though June is always an exciting time for court watchers, this summer’s deluge of decisions could prove particularly pivotal to issues that impact millions and may indeed turn out to be one for the ages.