Supreme Court Term Ends; Justice Stevens Wraps Nearly 35 Years of Service

Monday, June 28, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama applauds for Solicitor General Elena Kagan after he announced her as his choice to be the nation's 112th Supreme Court justice. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

It's a major day for the Supreme Court. It's not only the first day of Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings, but also the last day of the court's term and the end of Justice Stevens' tenure on the bench. But before the court breaks for the summer, there are four remaining cases on which the judges are expected to rule.

Slate Magazine's legal affairs correspondent, Dahlia Lithwick, looks at a couple of these last cases of the 2009-10 term, including McDonald v. Chicago, which presents the question: Does the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" apply to state and local gun regulation?

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