The Supreme Court is in Washington to hear arguments in a case about the land of a national park

Supreme Court hears lively debate on protecting wetlands, led in part by Justice Jackson

A woman in a wheelchair uses a walker outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on October 2, 2013. The justices of the Supreme Court returned to the U.S. capital Friday for the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, where a questioner during a session on water rights asked the court to review regulations about dredging and cleaning mud from a river in Louisiana. Photo: JIM WATSON, AFP/Getty Images less A woman in a wheelchair uses a walker outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on October 2, 2013. The justices of the Supreme Court returned to the U.S. capital Friday for the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, where a questioner… more Photo: JIM WATSON, AFP/Getty Images Photo: JIM WATSON, AFP/Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Supreme Court hears lively debate on protecting wetlands, led in part by Justice Jackson 1 / 1 Back to Gallery

The U.S. Supreme Court was in Washington’s Old Executive Office Building on Friday morning to hear arguments in a case about whether the National Park Service can ban certain activities on parts of the land it controls.

The justices were on a list of speakers for the anniversary of the Court’s decision on a controversial ruling on the Voting Rights Act. That law, passed in 1965 in response to the Southern states’ practice of keeping black voters off the polls, came after a brief period of racial violence and a civil rights protest movement and was a turning point in American history.

A key question in the case is whether the land in Arizona is part of a federally protected national park. The justices will hear arguments on Thursday and may decide to issue a ruling by the end of June.

Thursday’s hearing was led by two of the Court’s most respected justices in an appearance that many lawyers in the courtroom said mirrored the role of the justices when the law comes before them.

The hearing was held in a small courtroom near the White House at the Watergate building at the end of the day. About a hundred law students sat in the packed hearing room awaiting the justices for their decision in a case about the land of a national park, some of whose 4,500 acres in Arizona was used for a nuclear waste site.

About 20 students from the William Rehnquist College of Law at Arizona State participated in

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