by Max Brantley
* In Hawkins v. Community Bank, the Court split 4-4 on the question, can an applicant for a bank loan be required to have his/her spouse guarantee the loan? As a result of the Court’s split, conflicting lower court decisions remain in place, which means that a loan applicant in Arkansas can be required to have his spouse guarantee a loan, but in neighboring state Tennessee, there can be no such requirement.Sens. Cotton and Boozman frankly don't give a damn.
* Next term, the Court will hear Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia. v. Pauley, in which a Missouri church argued that their religious liberty was infringed upon because while Missouri’s Establishment Clause prohibits state aid to churches, the secular work they are seeking aid for doesn’t violate the federal Establishment Clause. A 4-4 split could leave in place the 8th Circuit’s decision against the Church, which would affect Arkansas, but would fail to affect states who joined amicus briefs in support of the church like Louisiana and Ohio.