Supreme Court Term Begins Amid Government Shutdown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 10/7/13 9:26 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has begun its new term by turning away hundreds of appeals, including Virginia's bid to revive its anti-sodomy law.

The justices took the bench just past 10 o'clock on the first Monday in October, even as much of the rest of the government was coping with a partial shutdown.

Chief Justice John Roberts formally opened the new term without any reference to the partisan impasse over the budget and the new health care law that his vote helped uphold in 2012.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is opening for business in the midst of a partial government shutdown.

The justices take the bench Monday for the start of their new term with important cases about campaign contributions, housing discrimination, government-sanctioned prayer and the president's recess appointments already on tap.

Abortion, contraceptive coverage under the new health care law and cellphone privacy also may find their way onto the court's calendar.

The court announced it will operate normally at least through the end of this week. The justices are hearing six arguments, including a challenge to limits on campaign contributions.

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