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2017 Supreme Court Term: A Preview, & More from CRS

The October 2016 term of the US Supreme Court was widely seen as “diminished both with regard to volume and content” compared to prior years. But the upcoming term is likely to be different.

“With the Court already accepting over 30 cases, many of which raise difficult questions in various areas of law, the October 2017 term has the potential to be one of the most consequential in years,” said the Congressional Research Service in a new report previewing some of those cases.

For example, “In a case that could decide whether cell phone users have a protected privacy interest in the trove of location data held by their wireless carriers, the Court in Carpenter v. United States will examine whether the government’s warrantless collection of historical cell phone location data is constrained by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.” See Supreme Court October Term 2017: A Preview of Select Cases, September 19, 2017.

See also Supreme Court October Term 2016: A Review of Select Major Rulings, September 15, 2017.

Other new and updated Congressional Research Service reports that provide informative background on current topics of public policy interest include the following.

Patent Law: A Primer and Overview of Emerging Issues, September 21, 2017

Chevron Deference: A Primer, September 19, 2017

EPA’s Role in Emergency Planning and Notification at Chemical Facilities, September 18, 2017

Confederate Symbols: Relation to Federal Lands and Programs, September 20, 2017

Normalization of the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet, CRS Insight, September 20, 2017

Hurricanes and Electricity Infrastructure Hardening, CRS Insight, September 20, 2017

Wastewater Infrastructure: Overview, Funding, and Legislative Developments, September 22, 2017

Oil Spills: Background and Governance, updated September 15, 2017

Turkey: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief, updated September 19, 2017

Kurds in Iraq Propose Controversial Referendum on Independence, CRS Insight, updated September 18, 2017

Lebanon, updated September 20, 2017

The State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report: Scope, Aid Restrictions, and Methodology, September 19, 2017

Serbia: Background and U.S. Relations, September 19, 2017

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations, updated September 18, 2017

Redeploying U.S. Nuclear Weapons to South Korea: Background and Implications in Brief, September 14, 2017