Supreme Court Preview: The Words of Summer

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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Andrew Cohen is a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He is a legal analyst for 60 Minutes and CBS Radio News, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Commentary Editor at The Marshall Project

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