The 2002 term

Although cases dealing with affirmative action and homosexual privacy rights grabbed the headlines, the Supreme Court's decisions in the October 2002 Term touched, as usual, on many aspects of American life and public policy. Moreover, through most of the year rumors swirled in Washington over whether there would be one or more resignations from the Court at the end of the Term, giving George Bush his first chance at a nomination to the high court and setting the stage for a politically divisive confirmation battle in the Senate. While the Court itself said very little about the anti-terrorism policies of the Bush Administration, cases playing out in the lower federal courts make it all but inevitable that within a relatively short time the justices will have to rule on the question of how far the government may limit civil liberties in its war on terrorists.

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