Jewish World Review June 25, 2003 / 25 Sivan, 5763

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More creative decisions expected from Supreme Court

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | After the Supreme Court's mixed decision on affirmative action in university admissions, legal scholars expect more innovative rulings on other issues later this week.

The justices ruled that the 14th amendment to the Constitution may be set aside in certain circumstances to ensure that underqualified minority students will enrich the intellectual atmosphere at universities.

Legal scholars expect the following decisions from the nation's court on Thursday:

Sodomy: Court will rule that homosexuals may do whatever they want, with whomever they wish in the privacy of their own homes, as long as they're not receiving Federal funding for those acts. If they do receive Federal funding for their homosexual behavior, they must ensure that their partners come from all racial minorities. Women must always be represented in proportion to their numbers in the general population. Lawrence v. Texas, 02-102.

Free speech: Justices will decide that corporations may lie in public relations campaigns because the nation has a compelling interest to maintain the viability of the PR industry. Nike v. Kasky, 02-575.

Death penalty: A Maryland inmate claims inexperienced lawyers mishandled his trial. Court will rule that a person sentenced to death due to botched legal work must be put to death by a rookie executioner. Wiggins v. Smith, 02-311.

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Minority voting: In a 5-4 decision, justices will say that Congressional district boundaries may shift in realtime to assure that certain racial groups maintain their local majorities, even if all the members of such group move out of the district. Georgia v. Ashcroft, 02-182.

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