(Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images)Activists with The Center for Popular Democracy Action hold photos of U.S. Supreme Court justices as they block an intersection during a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC.
CNN —Because of a blockbuster docket, an unprecedented leak, a fraught political atmosphere and Covid, everything has changed at the Supreme Court.
Under normal circumstances on decision days at the end of June, the Supreme Court emerges from behind crimson curtains to finally issue the most controversial cases of the term after months of closed-door deliberations.
Wearing their judicial robe and exhausted from the final push of work, the justices take their seats and the majority opinion is read by its author.
The hand-down can take several minutes as the audience of spouses, staff, spectators and journalists digest what’s being read aloud.
Often times, the justice who penned the principal dissent, also chooses to address the audience, offering a fiery oral critique of the majority opinion.
There are 18 cases remaining in the term, with new opinions slated to be announced Tuesday morning.
Since then, red states, invigorated by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, have passed increasingly restrictive laws.
Supporters of gun rights have been pushing the court to clarify the scope of the Second Amendment for years.
On top of abortion and gun rights, the court is also considering cases that could allow more religion in public life.
The liberal justices on the court – Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor – made clear at oral arguments that they were worried about players feeling coerced by the school to pray.
A lower court wiped away a Trump era rule in 2021 and the Biden administration’s EPA is currently working on a new rule.
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