The Supreme Court: July 2020

Alison Gash – University of Oregon

The Supreme Court is taking an unusually long time to complete its term this year, with decisions in some still under wraps days after the justices would have typically cleared out its docket for the season. The coronavirus pandemic can be partly blamed for the delay. Already, the justices broke tradition in May by holding oral arguments over the phone and broadcasting them live as much of the country was under lockdown. While the court has so far issued opinions in dozens of cases, including several major ones dealing with LGBTQ rights, abortion and immigration, and the Electoral College, even more are expected involving Obamacare, religious employment rights and President Trump’s financial documents.