With political tensions running high amid the recent storming of the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court will be dealing with some potentially contentious cases in the coming years. In the interest of examining what the future may hold, let us take a look ahead to potential landmark cases the Supreme Court may hear during its 2024 term.
1. The First Amendment and January 6 Rioters: The individual rights of those arrested for their involvement in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are expected to be a major battleground for the Supreme Court in the coming years. The court will be tasked with deciding whether those arrested have a right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, and if so, how this right may be used to protest peacefully.
2. Abortion: With the codification of Roe v. Wade likely to come up for debate in the next term, the Supreme Court may be forced to wade into the thicket of abortion rights. This could include questions like whether states have the power to impose restrictions on access to abortion, or whether there’s a Constitutional protection against restrictions on abortion.
3. Gun Rights: In what might be among the most heated topics for the Supreme Court to handle in 2024, the court will have to consider the Second Amendment and its scope. This could include cases about the scope of what is considered a constitutional right to bear arms and whether states can impose gun restrictions.