Supreme Court: Alito's Year

Two Supreme Court decisions are expected soon: one on whether schools can decide to admit students based on race, the other examining restrictions on campaign ads right before an election, a key element of the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law. "All eyes continue to be on justice Samuel Alito to see what has changed since Sandra Day O'Connor left," says Thomas Goldstein, a Supreme Court expert and lawyer with Akin Gump. "But we knew he'd be moving the court to the right while she was always the swing." Recent decisions saw Alito in the majority, voting almost in lockstep with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Court watchers are waiting to see if any case splits the conservatives—to find out if Alito is radically or only moderately conservative.