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Thursday, June 26, 2003

Supreme Court Lite

Well, this morning's proceedings in the Supreme Court weren't all they were cracked up to be. The Court decided not to decide Nike's "commercial speech" case. It sent it back to the California courts. Technically, the "writ of certiorari is dismissed as improvidently granted." Translation: Why did we take this case to begin with? Get it outta here!

The day's real news -- and it's big -- was that the Court threw out Bowers v. Hardwick, its 1986 decision that said states could outlaw private, consensual homosexual sex. Today, by a 6-3 vote, the Court declared that Bowers was wrong, and that the due process clause keeps the government out of your bedroom even if you're getting it on in there with a consenting adult of the same gender. That is major news, but we all knew this case would stir controversy. Warning: If you don't want to raise your blood pressure, you may want to leave the AM radio off for the next 24 hours or so.

The day's major dud was the absence of any retirement announcements. Traditionally, these have been made at the Court's last session of the term, which was today. No one said anything about retiring this morning. But that doesn't mean there couldn't be a press conference sometime in the next week or so in which one or more Justices pack it in.

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