A Hodgepodge From the Supreme Court

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So we have three Supreme Court rulings today. In a nutshell:

  • The court mostly overturned Arizona’s immigration law, but let stand the provision allowing police to ask for immigration papers if they have a “reasonable suspicion” someone is in the country illegally.
  • The court stuck down a Montana campaign spending law, essentially reaffirming Citizens United.
  • The court banned sentences of life without parole for minors.

Can we read any tea leaves here? Probably not. The immigration ruling was a patchwork compromise. The campaign spending ruling is conservative but unsurprising. The sentencing ruling is basically liberal, but also unsurprising given past rulings. There’s not much insight here into how they might rule on Obamacare. But we’ll know soon enough anyway.

UPDATE: More on the Montana campaign finance law here from Andy Kroll.

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