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What Do The Latest Supreme Court Rulings Mean For Texas?

The Supreme Court’s latest session has nearly drawn to a close. The High Court has issued opinions and decisions in the final weeks in several widely anticipated cases, involving ones involvingÂcell phone privacyÂandÂbuffer zonesÂaround abortion clinics. And by the end of the day Monday, the Court’s expected to issue its decision in aÂcaseÂquestioning whether a […]

The Supreme Court’s latest session has nearly drawn to a close. The High Court has issued opinions and decisions in the final weeks in several widely anticipated cases, involving ones involvingÂcell phone privacyÂandÂbuffer zonesÂaround abortion clinics. And by the end of the day Monday, the Court’s expected to issue its decision in aÂcaseÂquestioning whether a for-profit company can deny health coverage to employees based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners.

These and other cases have implications for Houstonians. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Constitutional law professorsÂPeter LinzerÂfrom theÂUniversity of HoustonÂandÂJosh BlackmanÂfromÂSouth Texas College of LawÂabout the court’s decisions and opinions, and how the justices in the majority and the dissent arrived at their respective conclusions. We also talk about the surprise for some Court watchers that some high profile opinions this session have been unanimous. And note connections or allusions to past Supreme Court cases involving similar issues, stemming from the Lone Star state.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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