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US Supreme Court ends eventful term with a bang

The death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February marked a major setback for evangelical Christians and conservatives opposed to abortionUS conservatives were expecting some major wins at the Supreme Court this year, but several dramatic twists — including the death of a justice — reconfigured the bench and liberals ended up scoring the most influential victories. The 5-3 decision by a short-handed court — down one justice since the death of veteran conservative Antonin Scalia in February — marked a major setback for evangelical Christians and conservatives opposed to abortion. Just a few days before, the top court made a surprise ruling in favor of an affirmative action program at the University of Texas, meaning that race and ethnicity can be taken into account when deciding college admissions.

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