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Justices Speed Up Opinions in First Cases from May Arguments

June 30, 2020, 10:40 PM

The Supreme Court has so far released two opinions from its historic May sitting when the justices heard arguments by phone, and they’re turning them around twice as fast as usual.

That leaves eight more to go this term, which now stretches into July for the first time since John Roberts became chief justice in 2005.

While the average time from argument to decision so far this term is 123 days, the two opinions the court has released from May—United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com and USAID v. Alliance for Open Society International—were completed in an...

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