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As some SCOTUS pundits have caught on, the High Court seems to be slacking this term. Numerous reports explain that the justices have only issued 17 signed decisions so far through the end of March. For sports gambling enthusiasts, the delay must be maddening.

While that number isn't too far off from the past couple years, it's a far cry from the 31 the Court issued in 2013. The numbers haven't been this low since Chief Justice John Roberts became the Chief Justice. And while the volume of cases may be down, the reasons behind the slow down are presently unknown, and nearly unpredictable.

CLOUD Act Makes Microsoft Case Moot, Microsoft Agrees

It was the day before the big heavyweight fight, and then suddenly it was off.

One of the fighters got injured, tested positive for drugs, or something. Or as in the case of U.S. v. Microsoft Corp., Congress stepped in and broke it up.

The CLOUD Act, which created new procedures for acquiring data stored across borders, settles the issues in the case. So everybody go home, sorry no refunds.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to New Congressional Map

When a judge says 'no' the first time, what do lawyers often do?

It's no joke: they ask again. That's basically what happened in the latest gerrymandering case to make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The High Court rejected a petition to stop a new congressional district plan in Pennsylvania -- again. Somehow the petitioners didn't get the message the first time.

Do Supreme Court Justices Need Better Security?

After his last meal, Justice Antonin Scalia stood up to retire for the evening.

"He stood up and said he was tired, he had had a long week and he would see us in the morning," said John Poindexter, who discovered Scalia's body the next morning two years ago.

Newly released security documents show that story could have ended differently. Marshals, responsible for protecting Supreme Court justices, did not show up for hours after his death.

Recently, headlines have been buzzing about the rumored retirement of Justice Kennedy. However, there hasn't been any announcement from the justice, nor the Court, about it. But the tradition of SCOTUS retirement speculation never stops.

Rather, the rumor mill has been churning thanks to the stump speech of a GOP Senator from Nevada, Dean Heller. Reportedly, during a campaign event, Heller claimed that Justice Kennedy will be retiring this summer. According to some, Heller is at risk of losing his Senate seat, particularly given the fact that Nevada voted Hillary in 2016.

Will SCOTUS Ban MAGA Hats and #MeToo Pins at the Polls?

When arguing at the U.S. Supreme Court, what, oh, what do you wear?

That was kind of the question during oral arguments in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a case that turns on what voters can wear to the polls. The justices puzzled over the issue, repeatedly asking the lawyers what clothes could be prohibited under the First Amendment.

The problem seems to be, where do you draw the line on political speech?

Terrorist Victims Cannot Collect on Artifacts

After archaeologists discovered ancient clay tablets in the ruins of Persepolis in the 1930s, Iran loaned them to a Chicago museum where they are on display today.

The U.S. Supreme Court said they will stay there, too, notwithstanding a $71.5 million judgment against Iran. The judgment creditors wanted to seize the artifacts to collect on their judgment, but the justices declined.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the unanimous panel, said federal law "does not provide a freestanding basis for parties" to "attach and execute" against the property of a foreign state in Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran.

Court Narrows Whistleblower Remedies

Contrary to popular opinion, liberal and conservative justices see cases the same way sometimes.

In Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously threw out a whistleblower case against a company that allegedly violated securities laws. It wasn't about workers' rights v. big business; it was about the plain meaning of the law.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the acknowledged left-end of the panel, said whistleblowers must inform the Securities and Exchange Commission before suing under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is facing renewed controversy related to Anita Hill and the other women he allegedly harassed while holding a position of authority. A recent news story highlighted the fact that new-ish evidence surfaced which, if believed, would mean that Justice Thomas lied during his confirmation hearings (which is actually an impeachable offense, even for a SCOTUS justice).

However, even if Justice Thomas is found guilty in the court of public opinion, it is not very likely that he would be impeached any time soon given the strong partisan politics currently at play. Also, given how easy it is for justices to escape prosecution by stepping down, he'd likely be able to dodge impeachment via retirement.

Supreme Court Just Says 'No' to Gun Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court shot down gun advocates, refusing to hear challenges to California gun laws.

California is one of nine states, plus the District of Columbia, that impose waiting periods on gun purchases. The laws give time for "cooling off " and background checks.

The Supreme Court left the California law alone. In the wake of mass shootings across the country, it's a welcome change in a cold winter for some.