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First Monday 2018: Bellwether Cases And The State Of SCOTUS

U.S. Department of State (IIP Bureau)
Capitol Building from Supreme Court entrance.

While controversy continues over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court, the 2018 term starts Monday. Our Legal scholars join us to talk about the docket and the state of SCOTUS.

RadioWest divider.

All eyes on are on the continuing controversy over Brett Kavanaugh as President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. But let’s not forget that the 2018 term starts Monday with 8 justices. Legal scholar Amy Wildermuth says that the cases on the docket – addressing issues like the Endangered Species Act, the Death Penalty, and Double Jeopardy – are a barometer of what to expect in the coming years. Wildermuth joins us, along with RonNell Andersen Jones, to talk about the state of SCOTUS.


  • Amy Wildermuthis Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Utah's SJ Quinney College of Law.
  • RonNell Andersen Jones is a Professor of Law at the U's SJ Quinney College of Law.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.