SCOTUS Watch: High Court Could Decide Four Major Cases

At around 10 a.m. ET, the Supreme Court will begin handing down some of the final opinions of their 2012 term. The court usually sets out for its summer recess at the end of June, which means we’re quickly running out of time for the justices to issue their opinion on four major cases argued earlier in the term.

As we’ve told you before, we’re waiting for:

Fisher v. University of Texas, a key test of affirmative action in higher education.

Shelby County v. Holder, in which the issue is whether times have changed and the 1965 Voting Rights Act should no longer apply to that Alabama county.

Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, two potentially landmark cases on gay marriage.

The big caveat is we have no idea if the court will issue opinions on any of these cases. The court gives no advance notice and the Chief Justice says the opinions are released “when they are ready.”

That said, SCOTUSblog will be live blogging the action and will give us notice as soon as one of these cases is decided. We’re embedding their live blog below. They usually fire it up at around 9 a.m. ET.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit