The Supreme Court’s 2019 term opened this week. It will be the first full term for the new five-justice conservative majority. Does that mean the court has become political?
Chief Justice John Roberts says no. But with the court’s docket loaded with contentious cases on LGBT rights, abortion, religious freedom and immigration, that assertion will be put to the test. Kerri Miller spoke with Lawrence Baum, author of “The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court” and professor emeritus at Ohio State University.