The United States Supreme Court will carry out several major rulings by the end of the month, including those involving racial preferences in college admissions, President Obama’s immigration plan and restrictive abortion laws in Texas.
Following the passing of Antonin Scalia, a conservative, the court is down one justice. The even split of four liberals and four conservatives has complicated the ruling process.
The Supreme Court will also decide whether the 2014 corruption conviction involving Robert McDonnell, former Virginia governor, should be overturned. McDonnell’s case is just one of 13 that has yet to be decided.
The court heard arguments on April 18 over whether Obama’s plan to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation and provide them with work permits exceeded his constitutional powers. Obama bypassed the Republican-led Congress with his plan in 2014. The justices appeared to be divided on the issue.
A total of 26 states, led by Texas, brought on the lawsuit. A split ruling would effectively kill the President’s immigration plan.
The Supreme Court also appeared to be divided on a challenge to Texas abortion laws. A split ruling would also signal a victory for Texas. The justices will need to rule whether Texas laws, which impose strict regulations on clinics and doctors that perform abortions, is in violation of a woman’s constitutional rights to abortion as per the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.