SCOTUS Pressure Cooker

So SCOTUS handed down four opinions today–but none of them happened to be King v. Burwell or Obergefell v. Hodges. That leaves seven decisions before the end of the term. Opinions will be handed down on Thursday.

It would appear today’s biggest decision in terms of widespread impact was Horne v. Department of Agriculture, in which eight Justices (Sotomayor dissenting) held that forcing raisin growers to withhold products from the market as part of a production control program to boost prices represented a “taking” requiring compensation under the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. This could cause all sorts of problems for other commodity production control programs.

Meanwhile, the watch-frenzy over the two big cases will reach a new fever pitch between now and Thursday. Officially, the term is supposed to end next Monday, June 29th, but it could be extended for an undefined number of days.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.