Legal experts and constitutional scholars are saying that this term of the Supreme Court, which just recently began, could be the most influential in decades. Already on the docket: * Nudity and Profanity on TV as Free Speech (FCC v. Fox Television Stations) * Electronic Surveillance and the 4th Amendment (United States v. Jones) * Prison Strip Searches without Suspicion (Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, New Jersey) Likely to be added to the docket: * Obama's Healthcare Reform Law * Arizona's Immigration Law (Arizona v. United States) * Affirmative Action in College (Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary v. Regents of the University of Michigan; Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin) Could be added to the docket: * Proposition 8 and Same-Sex Marriage This [link=http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/30/justice/scotus-preview-case-summaries/index.html?hpt=hp_t2]CNN article [/link]has more information on these cases. You should read it, the Prison Strip Searches case in particular is outrageous. Others cases not on this list could still be added to the docket too. What are the likely outcomes of these cases? How significant could these decisions be? There is also the possibility that the older two "liberal" justices, Ginsburg and Breyer, might retire. Ginsburg especially, since she has been battling colon cancer and pancreatic cancer, and is already 78. Scalia and Kennedy are also 75. There is also a movement to investigate Clarence Thomas for ethical violations. The Supreme Court could create some big news headlines over the next several months. Depending on how much they take on, they could even outshine the jobs/deficit battles in Congress, President Obama, and the Republican Presidential Primaries. The Roberts court has already shown that it's not afraid to overturn over a century of precedent. We'll probably be talking about its decisions all year, and this term for many years to come.