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May 27, 2009

Juve LWOP and animal porn get top billing as media discuss SCOTUS docket

With the naming (finally!) of a new SCOTUS nominee, the press is now started to talk about the cases that Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be immediately facing if she soon becomes Justice Sotomayor.  The first two cases noted in this Reuters review should be very familiar to regular readers of this blog:

Souter's retirement takes effect when the court term ends in late June. Obama has said he would like his choice to be approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate before the court returns to the bench in October after its summer recess....

For its coming term that begins in October, the court already has agreed to decide several major cases and also has pending appeals in a number of important cases. They include:

* whether a sentence of life in prison for juveniles who commit crimes other than murder violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The ruling could affect more than 2,500 individuals in the United States serving sentences of life imprisonment for crimes done before they turned 18 years old, human rights groups said.  The two Florida cases the Supreme Court will hear and decide involve a 13-year-old convicted of raping an elderly woman and a 17-year-old who took part in an armed home-invasion robbery while on probation for an earlier violent crime.

* whether a federal law that makes it a crime to sell videos of animals being tortured or killed violated constitutional free-speech rights.

The U.S. Justice Department defended the 1999 law that Congress adopted in an effort to crack down on videos like those depicting dog fights.  It compared animal cruelty to child pornography, which the Supreme Court has said does not qualify for free-speech protection.

Prior post on the SCOTUS nomination of Judge Sotomayor:

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