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Two Big Cases Decided as Supreme Court's Term Ends

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It was the last week of the Supreme Court's term, and thus the big cases came down. The two biggest were the death penalty case and the granddaddy of them all: Heller, the Second Amendment case.

Both stirred up passions as in each case the winning side essentially depended on "which side of the bed Kennedy woke up on."


First came the death penalty decision. Those on the left hailed it. Those on the right didn't like it quite so much. In fact, they had strong words for Justice Kennedy. In any case, the left rejoiced. Justice Alito's dissent was held as particularly strong, however.

The place to be for all the Supreme Court knowledge is SCOTUSblog, which many sites gave credit for great coverage.

So many places were hanging on to SCOTUSblog when the gun decision came down. The Supremes held that the Second Amendment gives you a right to keep and bear arms. This was labeled "the most important decision in decades" by some.

This time, people on the right cheered, while some on the left went so far as to make death threats against Scalia. In particular, Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspiracy deserves a mention as he was cited three times in the opinions.

Lots of analysis immediately showed up from the right and the left. And new lawsuits were filed almost immediately. So there's lots more work for lawyers and judges on the way!

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