The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear an even dozen cases in December, running from the mundane to one of broad effect on millions.
The biggie being Elonis vs. United States: "This will probably be the biggest case in December and focuses on free speech, social media, and federal law. Elonis was convicted under federal law for making threatening comments against his former girlfriend on Facebook, a social media site. Federal law prohibits such. This case centers on whether true intent is required to convict a defendant in these cases. This originated out of a domestic dispute in which Elonis, in response to that “heartbreak,” posted self-styled rap lyrics that seemed to threaten his ex. Some such “lyrics” were also reproduced lyrics from actual rap artists, which he credited in his postings. On some occasions, he noted that the postings were not meant to reflect reality, but were the violent musings of someone working something out online. His ex apparently felt threatened enough to seek and obtain a restraining order.