As the U.S. Supreme Court winds down its 2013 term, Lawyers Weekly is providing live coverage of the most anticipated opinions. Decisions in some of the following cases are expected when the court begins announcing opinions at 10 a.m. Click on each case name for the latest update on the decision:
Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is a case out of South Carolina focused on whether a non-custodial parent can invoke the Indian Child Welfare Act to block an adoption by a non-Indian couple. Lawyers Weekly reporter Phillip Bantz has been covering this case as it has progressed. Readers can get caught up on the case here.
Hollingsworth v. Perry will consider whether California’s Proposition 8 outlawing same-sex marriage is constitutional, and may impact the fates of same-sex marriage bans in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Windsor v. U.S. will consider the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder and Nix v. Holder will consider the legality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1964. Both North Carolina and South Carolina are currently subject to the pre-clearance provision of Section 5. The federal government has used the VRA to block several proposed changes to voting laws in those states.
On Monday, the court handed down a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, instructing the lower courts to reconsider its decision upholding the university’s affirmative action policies. You can read our coverage of that decision here: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
Check back with us frequently, as we will update the content here throughout the week with local reaction and analysis.