Supreme Court gets down to business

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s the first Monday in October, and the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session.

With the current partial government shutdown, the Supreme Court may be the only branch of government earning its pay.

As is always the case, the Supremes have several hot topics on their docket.

Since this is Washington, money is right up there. The court will look into whether the overall limits on political contributions from individuals to candidates and groups are unconstitutional.

The court, this term, will also hear arguments over ‘if and when’ city officials can open public meetings with a prayer.

Some residents of Greece, NY, say that doing so violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

Another case combining freedom of speech and abortion rights involves a challenge to a Massachusetts law that restricts protests near reproductive healthcare clinics.

Gun control, the right of a president to by-pass the Senate when making appointments, mobile phone privacy, and another challenge to Obamacare may also be taken up.

But the Supremes won’t be hearing the case of a Georgia man facing execution for killing another prison inmate.

Warren Hill’s attorneys say he’s intellectually disabled, adding that they are ‘gravely disappointed’ in the court’s decision.

Gravely disappointed, in this case, may be an understatement.