As I read things over at SCOTUSBlog, there are eight cases still pending from this year's Supreme Court docket. Of those, three are part of the health care litigation and are likely to be handed down together by the justices. One is the Arizona immigration law case. The remaining four are as follows:
Argued on November 28, 2011
Plain English Issue: Whether lawsuits under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, which allows homebuyers to sue banks and title companies when they pay kickbacks for the closing of a mortgage loan, are constitutional if the kickback does not affect the price or quality of the services provided?
Argued on February 22, 2012
Plain English Issue: Whether a federal law that makes it a crime to lie about receiving military medals or honors violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right to free speech.
Argued separately on March 20, 2012
Plain English Issue: Whether a sentence of life without parole for someone who was convicted of murder when he was fourteen violates the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Given that two of those cases deal with essentially the same issue (life without parole for teens), That leads me to believe that thee are six decisions/clusters of decisions to be handed down this week.
My guess is that the four cases offset in the block quote will all come down today. I also suspect that the Arizona case will come down today as well. My best guess is that later this week -- probably on Thursday. Why put them off to their own day? Because there are likely to be multiple opinions produced by the justices in those three cases, and we may see justices -- in particular dissenters -- reading their opinion from the bench. The time issue alone makes it reasonable for the decisions to be announced on their own.
Of course, we will know what is happening in about three hours, given that decisions are announced at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.