Prediction: Chief Justice Roberts will write for a 5-4 majority that the VRA is unconstitutional.
Result: In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice Roberts wrote for the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act t is unconstitutional; its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. As a result, Congress cannot use the VRA's existing preclearance formula to single out jurisdictions--they must use data about current conditions.
Prediction: A narrow majority of the Court will rule that denial of the development permit was not a taking.
Result: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the government’s demand for property from a land-use permit applicant must satisfy the Nollan / Dolan requirements even when it denies the permit (those cases held that the government may not condition the approval of a land use permit on the owner’s relinquishment of a portion of his property unless there is a nexus and rough proportionality between the government’s demand and the effects of the proposed land use.As a result, the Court reversed and remanded the case.The practical impact of this decision bolsters the rights of property owners to fight unreasonable demands held hostage by building permits.
Prediction: Personally, I've love to see the Court reverse the South Carolina Supreme Court's ruling, but I am pessimistic that this will happen. It seems more likely they will affirm and let the biological father keep the child.
Result: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the South Carolina Supreme Court and remanded for further proceedings. The Court ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act does not bar termination of the biological father's paternal rights because it applied to a child who was removed--the ICWA’s primary goal is not implicated when an Indian child’s adoption is voluntarily and lawfully initiated by a non-Indian parent with sole custodial rights. In other words, the provisions were not designed to apply to the circumstances presented by this case. As a result, the order returning the baby to the biological father was thrown out.