WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decided 66 cases in the usual way this last term, after full briefing and oral arguments. It also quietly issued eight other decisions.
Those rulings, more than 10 percent of the court’s docket, were brief and unsigned. Presumably meant to correct errors so glaring that they did not warrant extended consideration, they nonetheless illuminated a trend in the court’s work.
In most of them, one of two things happened. Prisoners challenging their convictions lost. Or law enforcement officials accused of wrongdoing won.