WASHINGTON (AP) -- While the rest of us have to wait until June, the justices of the Supreme Court will know the likely outcome of the health care case by the time they go home this weekend.
After months of anticipation, thousands of pages of briefs and more than six hours of arguments, the justices will vote on President Barack Obama's health care law in under an hour Friday morning in a conference room on the court's main floor. No one else will be present.
Friday's vote, which each justice may record and save for posterity, will be followed by the assignment of one justice to write a majority opinion, or in a case this complex, two or more justices to tackle different issues. Occasionally, votes have changed later, swayed by draft opinions.