A look at the major cases rounding out the year and trends in the new Roberts court. Conservatives prevailed this week in cases on campaign finance reform, student speech, and taxpayer challenges to government programs. School desegregation policy is at issue in a case to be decided Thursday.


  • Jonathan Turley professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School
  • Michael A. Carvin attorney in private practice; former deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan Administration
  • Joan Biskupic Supreme Court reporter, "USA Today;" author, "Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice;" now working on a biography about Justice Antonin Scalia.

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