June 23, 2008
Any provocative predictions for the big SCOTUS week?
It is widely expect that the Supreme Court will issue its final 10 opinions of the term this week, with some coming this morning and the rest likely handed down later in the week. Of course, SCOTUSblog is the best place to follow all the action
The two biggest cases I am looking forward to seeing are the Kennedy child rape case (archive here) and the Heller Second Amendment case (archive here). But a number of other cases due this week could also be sleepers for sentencing fans. For example, the big Exxon case dealing with punitive damages might have some interesting punishment and due process dicta.
Other than predicting that Justice Anthony Kennedy will re-emerge as a swing Justice and that a few other Justices may say some unexpected things (like Justice Scalia did last week), I have no profound predictions to make going into the week. But perhaps readers do, and nows the chance to make bold predictions in the comments before the opinions start coming down in a few hours.
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I made my Kennedy v. Louisiana prediction on Thursday (http://sexcrimes.typepad.com/sex_crimes/2008/06/waiting-for-ken.html). I'm not sure if it is "provocative" or not. Regardless, I'm sure it will be wrong - I'm a horrible court predictor.
Posted by: Corey Yung | Jun 23, 2008 9:55:48 AM
Heller case 5-4 in favor of Individual right.
Posted by: noway | Jun 23, 2008 10:23:30 AM
I am predicting 5-4 in Kennedy with the Court ruling in favor of Louisiana more because of stare decisis from Adkins and Roper, then actual belief.
Posted by: Jordan | Jun 23, 2008 8:12:20 PM