A blockbuster term of the newly configured U.S. Supreme Court kicks off this week and several big cases are on the docket. The justices spent their last term with just eight members and often split 4-4 on decisions. Now Justice Neil Gorsuch has been seated, creating a 5-4 conservative majority. The cases the court has agreed to hear include a broad range of topics that will affect many Americans for decades to come.
Problems at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter seem unrelenting. In 2011 the Human Services Commissioner gave the hospital two years to reduce the unnecessary use of patient restraints. In 2013 investigators found two new cases of patient maltreatment, including one in which staff failed to intervene when a patient banged his head against a concrete wall for more than three hours.