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Conservative or Consistent? The 2013 - 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Session

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Carol M. Highsmith
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Library of Congress
Interior of the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

While some say this year's Supreme Court session was conservative, others have characterized it as consistent. Once again, many of the decisions were unanimous, with narrow opinions allowing for broad agreement on the bottom line decision, but disagreement about the reasoning behind it.  And a few cases, like Harriss v. Quinn and McCullen v. Coakley set up bigger fights to come.  Host Clay Masters talks with Todd Pettys, Associate Dean for Faculty and H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation at University of Iowa College of Law and Ryan Koopmans, Litigator with Nyemaster Goode in Des Moines about the more interesting decisions to come from the court.  You can read the full decisions here.

Town of Greece v. Galloway - Prayer before monthly board meetings

Riley v. California - Search of cell phones

McCullen v. Coakley - Abortion clinic buffer zones

Harriss v. Quinn - Union dues

NLRB v. Noel Canning  - Recess appointments

Navarett v. California - Anonymous tips

ABC v. Aereo  - Copywright of broadcast content

Burrage v. United States - Drug overdose

Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk