U.S. Supreme Court Clerk at Mary Baldwin

By: Josh Knight Email
By: Josh Knight Email

The Clerk of the U.S Supreme Court says justices could start hearing the case of Virginia's lawsuit against the health care law as soon as a year from now.

The clerk made a special visit to cadets at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Friday night.

General William Suter held a leadership seminar with the cadets.

He is just the 19th man in history to serve as clerk of the Supreme Court.

Suter is responsible for scheduling, preparing and coordinating the court's calendar and publishing the Supreme Court opinions and orders.

He explains that some bills, like the McCain-Feingold bill, are passed in a way that allows them to move quickly through the court system. On the other hand, the health care bill was not meant to be contested.

"We convene again in October 2011, I would suspect that if that issue comes before us, that October, November, or December 2011, that would be about the right time. But, anything can happen," says Suter.

Of the average 8,000 petitions made to the U.S. Supreme Court each year, only about 80 cases are heard. Suter explains that they primarily hear two types of cases, where two lower courts have different interpretations of the law, or questions of federal law that haven't already been answered.

"Of course we only take what flies in through the window, we don't reach out and take things," says Suter.

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