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Cases to Watch

Posted: February 20, 2010 Filed under: Uncategorized

Among the cases the Supreme Court of the United States will soon decide are the following cases with issues of public interest. Links to the briefs filed in each case are also provided below.

Skilling v. United States, No. 08-1394 (in a criminal case arising from the fall of Enron Corporation, one of the questions presented is whether the federal “honest services” fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1346, requires the government to prove that the defendant’s conduct was intended to achieve “private gain” rather than to advance the employer’s interests, and, if not, whether § 1346 is unconstitutionally vague.)

McDonald v. City of Chicago, No. 08-1521 (whether the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms applies to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment)

Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Nos. 08-1498, 09-89 (whether the statutory ban against providing material support to a group designated by the government as “terrorist” is unconstitutionally vague).

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, No. 08-1371 (whether a public university law school may deny benefits to a religious student organization because the organization requires its officers and voting members to agree with the organization’s core religious viewpoints, thus exluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students).

Magwood v. Culliver, No. 09-158 (whether a person can challenge a second sentence on a ground that could have been raised in a successful habeas corpus challenge to the first sentence).

Kiyemba v. Obama, 08-1234 (whether a federal court may release Guantanamo Bay prisoners into the United States through the exercise of its habeas corpus jurisdiction).

Graham v. Florida, No. 08-7412, and Sullivan v. Florida, No. 08-7621 (Whether the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishments prohibits the imprisonment of a juvenile for life without the possibility of parole as punishment for the juvenile’s commission of a non-homicide).

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