It's the first Monday in October -- meaning a new term for the U.S. Supreme Court, and a new slate of cases to consider.
The judges decided not to reconsider President Obama's proposed overhaul of the immigration system after a 4-4 split vote in June. There are a number of big decisions to make this term, but the court will do so with only eight justices, since GOP leaders in the Senate continue to block Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland.
Here are the biggest cases the court will handle this term.
When do trademarked names count as derogatory? This is a big deal to Washington Redskins fans. A rock band called The Slants won its case in a lower court, which may make it easier for the NFL team to keep its controversial name.
Can you patent rounded corners? Samsung's case against Apple continues. Apple claims Samsung has violated its iPhone patents by having a phone with, among other things, rounded corners. Lower courts ordered Samsung to pay almost $1 billion.
Can a church get government money for playgrounds?
Missouri initially ruled that Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia wasn't eligible to get government grant money to fix playgrounds with recycled tires. The church argued that playgrounds aren't religious activities, and the lack of grants make the playgrounds dangerous for kids.
What exactly counts as insider trading?
This one gets tricky. In the case, a tipster told his relative, who then told his friend -- a grocery wholesaler named Bassam Salman -- some insider information. Salman's lawyers say a conviction gives the government free reign to prosecute any insider who tells his relative any trade information. But the prosecution says if they don't convict, then more businessmen will pass along insider information to friends and family, according to SCOTUSblog.
All of the rhetoric is about race, but the true, underlying motivation is unquestionably partisanship.
Can lawmakers draw voting districts based on race?
Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections and McCrory v. Harris both involve Republican state legislatures that drew voting district lines such that some were largely populated by minorities, leaving the surrounding areas whiter and more Republican.
Will the death penalty change?
Two different cases, Buck v. Davis and Moore v. Texas, challenge some aspect of the death penalty. The defendant in the former wants a new sentencing after a defense witness testified that black people are "more likely to be dangerous."
The latter defendant argues Texas needs to update its legal definition of mental disability with regards to the death penalty.
What does the court think of transgender people and bathrooms?
This case might not end up being heard. Gavin Grimm was fighting to use the boy's bathroom in his Virginia school.
Can a wedding cake baker refuse to serve gay couples? This case is another maybe. A Colorado baker has refused to serve gay couples and has repeatedly appealed after courts have ruled his actions were discriminatory.
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