It's the beginning of October, and you know what that means. The kids are in school, there's a chill in the air, and the U.S. Supreme Court is back in black -- robes, that is.
This is the time of year when Justices hear oral arguments for a whole new crop of cases -- eight just this week. While it may seem like a long time to wait for the Supremes to draft their rulings, it is a supremely important job that should not be rushed.
Everyone has opinions, but Supreme Court opinions have the power to resolve legal conflicts, add clarity to existing law, overturn statutes, and create entirely new legal precedents. There's a lot of influence in those black robes.