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US Supreme Court Expected to Emit Rulings Starting Monday

By on June 6, 2016

FILE - In this June 30, 2014 file photo, the Supreme Court building in Washington. The Supreme Court has upheld a 4-year-old federal program that pays large electric customers to save energy during times of peak demand. The justices ruled 6-2 on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the authority to issue directives aimed at conserving energy and preventing blackouts. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The Supreme Court building in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

SAN JUAN – Starting Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue orders from last Thursday’s conference and one or more opinions in argued cases, which at this time court officials were unable to identify.

Puerto Rico expects a ruling in two crucial cases: an opinion on the constitutionality of the Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act and on the Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle case, which asks the top court whether the commonwealth can prosecute individuals for the same crime for which they were convicted by a federal court.

“I would definitely expect opinions next week, they still have a lot of decisions left to release and will likely go well into late June,” said Amy Howe, a Scotusblog writer, who noted that everyone is waiting for a ruling on the Puerto Rico cases.  

The top court heads into the final month of its term with decisions yet to come on immigration, abortion and affirmative action that could affect millions of people.

With eight justices on the bench, some decisions may fizzle as there may be a tie, leaving lower court rulings in place.

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