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May 21, 2007

A busy SCOTUS is mostly civil

As detailed in posts here and here from SCOTUSblog, the Supreme Court today granted cert in three new cases and issued rulings in five old ones.  Most of the action involves civil matters, but one cert grant and one disposition should be of interest to sentencing fans.  Here's the criminal law highlights from early posts by Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog:

Notable cert grant: "The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to add three new cases for decision at its next Term [including one] on the extent to which Supreme Court decisions against making criminal law decisions retroactive binds the states."

Capital (non) decision: "In the final ruling of the day, the Court dismissed a case testing whether federal appeals courts have authority to overturn a state death sentence because the prosecutor used inflammatory remarks in closing argument urging that the accused be executed.  The Court said circumstances of the case had changed."

I believe that the next possible day for opinions to be issued is next Tuesday (after the long Memorial Day weekend).  So, we have all got at least eight more day to wait for Claiborne and Rita.

May 21, 2007 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

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