WASHINGTON — Thirteen cases remain to be decided at the Supreme Court this month, but all eyes are on three of them.
With the tumultuous 2015-16 term marked byJustice Antonin Scalia's death winding down, decisions on access to abortion, the use of affirmative action in college admissions, and the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants will determine whether the evenly-divided court tilted liberal or conservative. Other cases still pending before the eight-member court include one that could set a higher bar for public corruption and another that could affect drunk drivers who refuse breath or blood tests.
Last week, the court released six decisions, one of which denied Puerto Rico's effort to restructure more than $20 billion of its $72 billion debt. The justices also ruled that companies doing business with the government can be sued for fraud if they fail to disclose significant legal or regulatory violations.
The court has struggled at times with an even number of justices, prompting several tie votes, some compromise rulings on divisive issues and more caution in granting cases for next term.
Here's a look at the big three cases: