The U.S. Supreme Court's 2018-2019 Term in Review

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Partisan gerrymandering, double jeopardy, the Census Bureau's questionnaire about citizenship status, a display of religious symbol in the public -- these are just a handful of cases from the Court's docket during its[masked] Term.

Oh, and the newly-minted Justice Kavanaugh was on the bench by the time oral arguments for many of these cases were heard before the Court. This year marks a drastic ideological turn for the Court, as it is now a solidly conservative institution for many years to come.

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Well, it's that time of the year again -- as the Court wraps up its[masked] Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days.

As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of political or public policy lenses -- no prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court jurisprudence is required.

That being said, we'll discuss the following cases:

▨ The American Legion v. American Humanist Assoc.
Issue: Is the passive display and maintenance of a cross unconstitutional? Does the expenditure of funds to maintain a cross amount to the government’s "excessive entanglement" with religion? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-1717_4f14.pdf

▨ Gamble v. U.S.
Issue: Should the Court overrule the “separate sovereigns” exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-646_d18e.pdf

▨ Dept. of Commerce v. New York
Issue: Was it proper for the Secretary of Commerce to reinstate a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/18-966_bq7c.pdf

▨ Rucho v. Common Cause
Issue: Is North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map an unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering scheme? A full text of the Court's opinion can be accessed here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/18-422_9ol1.pdf

There's no mandatory reading assignment -- the links to the individual cases are for reference purposes only. The moderator will summarize the pertinent statement of facts and focus the discussion in the critical analysis of the Court's opinions.

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Previous Supreme Court Term in Review discussions:

▨ The 2014 Term (http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/222111121/)

▨ The 2015 Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/231673271/?eventId=231673271)

▨ The 2016 Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/241005317)

▨ The 2017 Term (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/251065057)