Supreme Court starts new session in tense election year

In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. Abortion rights, and protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Supreme Court on Monday starts an election-year term in which it will consider cases on abortion, immigration, and other divisive issues.

The court will hear arguments Monday in a death-penalty case that could determine whether states can scrap the insanity defense.

This term is the second with President Trump’s appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Legal analysts are expecting indications about the effects of Trump’s strengthening of the court’s 5-4 conservative majority.

Chief Justice John Roberts has indicated he wants to distance the court from Washington politics, although this term the court could be called to rule on disputes between congressional Democrats and the White House during the impeachment inquiry of Trump.

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