Supreme Court Preview: The Words of Summer

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This is the second in a three-part series this week previewing the upcoming October term. Part I focused on the potential legacies of the term and looked ahead to the Court's docket. Part III will look at additional cases added recently to the Court's calendar.

Part II The Words of Summer

Before we spend the next nine months trying to figure out what the United States Supreme Court does or does not think about the cases before it, I thought you might find it interesting to recap some of the things the justices did and said over their just-completed summer vacations. No, sadly, Justice Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't ride an elephant together in India again (that was in February, anyway). But the justices were nonetheless far from boring, and quite revealing in their choice of venues and topics, as they shed their robes and donned the cloaks of mortal speechmakers and tourists. I've listed the justices here in order of their ascension to the High Court.

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Cohen is the winner of the American Bar Association’s 2012 Silver Gavel Award for his Atlantic commentary about the death penalty in America and the winner of the Humane Society’s 2012 Genesis Award for his coverage of the plight of America’s wild horses. A racehorse owner and breeder, Cohen also is a two-time winner of both the John Hervey and O’Brien Awards for distinguished commentary about horse racing.

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