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Supreme Court opens new term, as Senate considers new nominee

Supreme Court opens new term, with a potential shift to the right coming soon
Posted at 8:09 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 08:28:40-04

WASHINGTON — With a shift to the conservatives pending, the Supreme Court is opening a new term. That strengthened majority could roll back abortion rights, expand gun rights and shrink the power of government.

Eight justices are getting back to work Monday less than a month before the presidential election.

After their colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last month, the Senate could confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for Ginsburg’s seat, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, before Election Day.

They’re also working in the midst of a pandemic that has forced the court to meet by telephone.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments by teleconference on two cases on Monday: Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management and Tanzin v. Tanvir.