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March 1, 2010

Another big criminal justice week for SCOTUS

As well previewed in a number of posts at SCOTUSblog and a number of links at How Appealing, the Supreme Court has another exciting week on tap with lots of notable criminal justice cases on the calender.  Specifically, today brings oral argument in three criminal cases -- Berghuis v. Thompkins (08-1470); Holland v. Florida (09-5327); Skilling v. United States (08-1394) -- and tomorrow is oral argument in the big Second Amendment incorporation case McDonald.

In addition, this morning could bring some new criminal case cert grants and/or some new criminal case summary reversals.  And I believe some opinions in some of the criminal cases argued last Fall might be released earlier this week. 

I am eagerly and especially anticipating big Eighth Amendment rulings in the juve LWOP cases, but I doubt that these cases are quite ready for decision.  But one never knows how the pace of SCOTUS rulings will go.  What SCOTUS activities, dear readers, have you extra excited for the coming week?

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I'm amazed they took Michigan v. Bryant. Reading the materials it seems like a perfect application of the Crawford line. I'm actually somewhat surprised that the Michigan courts got this one right, I've seen lots of cases that make me think lower courts are doing their best to ignore the new confrontation clause jurisprudence. I suppose the fact that it was the Michigan Supreme Court that finally recognized the violation may be an example of that.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Mar 1, 2010 12:02:55 PM

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