The Supreme Court is expected to rule later this month on the controversial case of Ricci v. DeStefano, the case out of New Haven, Connecticut involving a group of white firefighters who have alleged discrimination by the city.

But what will happen after the court rules on the case?

That’s the subject of an interesting post by the New Haven Independent today who talked with Linda Greenhouse, a former reporter for The New York Times who covered the U.S. Supreme Court for many years:

When the U.S. Supreme Court finally decides city firefighters’ fate this month, the wait for promotions probably won’t be over. It will likely return to Judge Janet Bond Arterton’s New Haven courtroom.

And it could take a while.

That’s the most likely scenario of several sketched out by a leading Supreme Court expert, Linda Greenhouse, when asked about Ricci v. DeStefano. The court is to issue a decision before its term ends in late June.

Greenhouse predicts that those expecting a quick outcome are going to be disappointed:

“Folks in New Haven who are expecting a clear ruling out of this, may be quite surprised,” said Greenhouse. Greenhouse covered the former Supreme Court for The New York Times for 30 years; she won a Pulitzer Prize doing it. She is now a faculty member at the Yale Law School.

“It may leave them as confused as they’ve been all along,” Greenhouse predicted.

Because the case has also been a lightning rod for criticism for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, expect to hear lots more about it in the weeks to come.