Many Americans, not just the courts, help shape the meaning of the Constitution in the nation’s life. This series explains the actual or potential contributions of those individuals, groups, or institutions. Today’s Constitution-maker is the Internal Revenue Service.
In a study released Wednesday, California's high court ranked first in the nation in the way state supreme courts handle financial disclosure and conflict-of-interest rules for individual justices, earning a C as 43 states received an F for failing to take adequate steps to avoid financial conflicts.
According to Scotusblog, the independent Web site that tracks the court’s proceedings, the justices are about 10 cases short of what they normally would have taken at this point of the term.
The court has almost total discretion over its docket and accepts about 1 percent of the petitions its receives. At least four of the nine justices must agree to take a case, and attorneys, law professors and legal experts love to speculate on why the court takes so few.