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U.S. Supreme Court docket polarizing

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term Monday with a docket of complex and emotional cases that have divided lower-court judges as well as the country.

The docket includes a fourth look at how the Bush administration and Congress handle terrorism detainees, a case that tests the limits of presidential power and numerous discrimination and employment cases, The New York Times reported Monday.

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The justices also are to consider the constitutionality of lethal injection and a party battle on voting rights that will fall in the middle of next year's presidential election, The Washington Post reported Monday.

"The court is showing a willingness to keep on taking these kinds of issues even though they are going to be divisive," said Richard W. Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and former clerk to the late chief justice William H. Rehnquist.

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