Child rapists cannot be executed.

Laws making handgun possession illegal are unconstitutional.

Lethal Injection is not "cruel and unusual" punishment.

Foreign detainees have a right to challenge their detention in court.

These are four recent decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. An article in today's New York Times chronicle recent decisions by the court and point out the high number of cases decided by a 5-4 vote. On many major issues one moderate justice, Justice Kennedy has been the swing vote. There are a number of Justices on the court who's age makes them candidates for imminent retirement. Two of them are usually reliable votes for the "Liberal Block" of the court. The next President will likely have the opportunity to appoint 2 Judges to the court for lifetime appointments.

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