Supreme Court Returns for a Big Session

Right-moving bench will rule on lethal injection, Gitmo prisoner rights
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2007 4:14 PM CDT
Supreme Court Returns for a Big Session
With the addition of the Supreme Court's newest member, Justice Samuel Alito Jr., top row at right, the high court sits for a new group photograph in this March 3, 2006, file photo, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated in the front row, from left to right are   (Associated Press)

The Supreme Court enters its second session with Bush appointees John Roberts and Samuel Alito tomorrow, which means it will likely resume last session’s rightward slant, Reuters says. Before the court will be big cases on Guantanamo inmates’ right to habeas corpus, the legality of the lethal injection death penalty, and a variety of cases weighing civil liberties against security.

“It is pretty clear to me that the court has moved to the right,” said an ACLU rep, which could bode ill for the ACLU if it convinces the court to hear the many civil rights cases it’s championing. At the center, as usual, will be Justice Anthony Kennedy, the moderate conservative who often serves as the court’s swing vote. (More US Supreme Court stories.)

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