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Will Black Lives Matter to the Supreme Court?

(Photo: Flickr/Davis Staedtler) O ne common theme in news stories about the current docket of cases before the Supreme Court is that they are boring, uncontroversial, and even “sleepy.” Some analysts have concluded that the eight justices have avoided taking on blockbuster cases that may end up in a tie. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court will hear three cases involving race and criminal justice that, while they aren’t the kind of attention-grabbing conflicts likely to inspire debates in cafes and college classrooms, could provide important guidance on where American jurisprudence may be headed on these issues.
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