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Five Supreme Court Cases to Watch

The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) 

Ben Goad, THEHILL.COM

WASHINGTON (The Hill)—The U.S. Supreme Court will dive back into questions involving the limits of executive branch power, religious freedom and scope of Fourth Amendment protections when Chief Justice John Roberts and crew return Monday to the bench.

Those issues represent familiar terrain for the Roberts court, which opens its October term with a slate of roughly 50 cases on its docket.

But it remains to be seen whether the court will take up same-sex marriage, abortion or another challenge to ObamaCare — issues that could represent the term’s biggest blockbusters.

Here are five cases to watch, and a few more to watch for:

Heien v. North Carolina

The court begins its term Monday morning with arguments in Heien v. North Carolina, a legal challenge that could broaden the reach of an individual’s Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

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