SCOTUS is voting today. Why do they wait 3 months to announce the results?

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  1. Grampa Murked U
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    Is there a logical reason?
     
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    What makes you think they are voting today?

    They take so long to issue decisions because they devote alot of their time to case law research as they formulate their decisions, and then have to actually sit down and right out their decisions. We should be glad that they are so diligent.
     
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    Did you read the entire story related to this?
     
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    I heard it on a news break on the radio. Was I misinformed?
     
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    No, I'm at work. Haven't read anything. Only going off what I hear on news clips.
     
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    Today's vote is private, then opinions are written. Votes may change before release of the decision also.
     
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    After oral argument is made on a particular case, the Justices hold a private case conference together for a brief discussion to see if there are any differences of opinion on the issues. An initial vote is sometimes taken at this time.

    Once a final vote is taken, the job of writing the actual court opinion is assigned to one of the Justices who voted in the majority. That Justice then prepares a preliminary draft, which when finished is circulated to the other Justices for their review. As the draft opinion is reviewed, the Justices will make comments, propose changes even change their initial votes. A draft may go through many revisions before it is acceptable to the majority. Meanwhile the same process might be going on for the minority, or dissenting, opinion. It might be said that more deliberations take place during the reviews of the circulating opinions than at any time in the process, even in the preliminary case conference.
    This is why it takes 3 months.
     
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    ^^^
    This.
     
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    I hope Thomas writes the majority opinion and it overturns Wickard too
     
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    As do we all - but the latter certainly will not happen.
     
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