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HIGHEST COURT ADDS 11 CASES

The Supreme Court will decide matters of redistricting, judicial elections and more.

New York Times

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday added 11 cases to its docket, including ones on redistricting, judicial elections, and discrimination in housing and employment.

The court, which will return to the bench Monday, took no action on seven petitions urging it to hear cases on same-sex marriage. The cases it did agree to hear will be argued this winter and are likely to be decided by the end of June.

The court will continue to add cases in coming weeks and remains likely to accept one or more same-sex marriage cases.

The redistricting case will consider the fate of an independent commission created by Arizona voters in 2000 to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less partisan. The court's decision is likely to affect a similar body in California.

The Supreme Court also agreed to hear a case on judicial elections, Williams-Yulee vs. the Florida Bar, No. 13-1499,a challenge to bans on personal solicitations of campaign contributions by candidates for judicial office.

A pair of discrimination cases will also be heard by the Supreme Court. One of them, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs vs. Inclusive Communities Project, No. 13-1371, seems likely to produce a ruling on a question, which civil rights advocates have worked hard to keep away from the justices, of whether claims under the Fair Housing Act require proof of intentional discrimination.

The question of whether clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch violated discrimination laws by declining to hire a Muslim woman because she wore a headscarf will also be decided. The company has since modified its dress code.

The justices will determine whether the applicant, Samantha Elauf, had to make a specific request for a religious accommodation.

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