Courts will see a rush of action before adjourning for the summer
We are now in the thick of what I like to call "magic-time" on the law beat: the crowded hours when the law's major actors scramble to complete their chores and assignments before heading off for vacation, or for their book tours, or for whatever else they may have planned for their summer breaks. It's the storm of June before the calm of August, you might say, and it was surely on display Monday from coast to coast.
At the United States Supreme Court, for example, the justices issued four opinions on their way to closing out another term. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Court has no fewer than 27 more decisions to announce before wrapping up, including decisions in three major cases involving class-action lawsuits, global warming, and state regulations on violent video games. Why do the justices often leave the toughest cases for last? Because they can. And because they are like the rest of us when it comes to procrastinating.
At the Court, perhaps the most interesting story Monday was a case the justices decided not to hear. Just ten days after the justices upheld Arizona's right to enforce a licensing law designed to crack down on employers who hire unlawful immigrations, the justices refused to get involved in a challenge to a California law that gives resident tuition rates to unlawful immigrants. Many of the same folks who were pushing the "states' rights" argument in Arizona were pushing the federal preemption argument in California. What a country!