"Religious freedom is ... near and dear to [Chief Justice John Roberts'] heart. It's an area where the Court was quite quiet about it through most of his tenure but has really started to step into that space," [CAC President Doug] Kendall said. "By the end of the term we'll have a much better sense of how strongly Chief Justice Roberts and his colleagues want to push the law in that area."
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If it were to take up one or more of these seven cases this term, "the Supreme Court would really be following the country rather than imposing some radical new change," Elizabeth Wydra, a constitutional expert and chief counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center, told CBS News.
The court obviously can’t—and shouldn’t—take every case, and perhaps the court had good reasons for not taking these cases (and many others). But the one thing we can know for sure is the court decides not to hear lots of important cases each year, and as a result, justice is underserved for many. Court watchers are quick to criticize the court for the way it decides cases, but the court sometimes deserves criticism for the cases it doesn’t decide, as well.
When the nine justices return, they will meet behind closed doors, after which they will announce the remainder of the cases for 2015, with the coming year a "potential blockbuster," said Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center.
"The stakes are incredibly high for Americans and for the legacy of the Roberts court," said Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center. Moderate-conservative "Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has been a crucial vote on the question of gay rights [in the past], is again expected be a crucial vote in this case."