New Term for Supreme Court

SUPREME COURT -- The Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday.

The justices will tackle a number of big issues. They'll look at cases involving the legal rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and the constitutionality of lethal injections for executions.

Other cases will deal with child pornography, voter ID cards and accountability in fraud cases.

And it's possible the justices will decide to take on a Second Amendment case from Washington involving the right to own guns.

Justice Anthony Kennedy remains a decisive swing vote between the four conservatives and four liberals on the court.

In the last term, he voted with the conservatives on key cases involving abortion, race and campaign finance. But the big issues this term are ones where Kennedy has more often sided with liberals.

The Supreme Court's new term also coincides with the release of Justice Clarence Thomas' memoir "My Grandfather's Son." The book traces his life from his childhood to his contentious battle for confirmation.

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