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Supreme Court Returns for Closed-door Session
September 30, 2013

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The Supreme Court was back in session, if only behind closed doors.

America's top nine judges (Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Gader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas) met to review a few thousand potential cases on which to issue rulings in the Court's next term, which begins on October 7. Supreme Court terms begin on the first Monday in October and technically end the following October, although in principle the Court hears cases through April, issuing decisions throughout that period and through the summer, ending in a
recess of a few months.

The Court routinely issues fewer than 100 opinions each term, while also reviewing another few dozen cases sent up by lower courts, resulting in either affirmation or review or, in some cases, dismissal without comment.

Already in this term, the Court has promised rulings in several highprofile cases, on matters involving privacy, religion, modern technology, and the reach of government.

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