Category Archives: Weekly Preview

Arguments: Week of April 16, 2018 – Part II

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in six cases this coming week, two each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Tuesday, it will hear argument in a bankruptcy case, and on Wednesday it hears about Indian tribal fishing rights and criminal sentencing. We reported on Monday’s cases and the other Tuesday argument in an … Continue reading Arguments: Week of April 16, 2018 – Part II

Arguments: Week of April 16, 2018 – Part I

The Court will sit for oral argument again this coming week. South Dakota v. Wayfair, to be argued on Tuesday, is perhaps the most far-reaching of the cases to be heard, although at first glance it may look esoteric — covering such issues as state sales taxes, the dormant commerce clause and stare decisis, the … Continue reading Arguments: Week of April 16, 2018 – Part I

Argument Review: NIFLA v. Becerra

Free speech and reproductive rights were at issue when the Court heard oral arguments in the highly anticipated case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra on Tuesday, March 20. As described here, his case concerns whether the First Amendment allows the State of California, via the Reproductive FACT Act, to require … Continue reading Argument Review: NIFLA v. Becerra

Arguments: Week of February 19, 2018

The Court returns to the bench on Tuesday after four weeks without oral arguments, with two Fifth Amendment cases — Currier v. Virginia, which addresses double jeopardy, and City of Hays, Kansas v. Vogt, involving the right against self-incrimination. In Currier, the Court must decide whether a defendant who consents to have multiple charges severed … Continue reading Arguments: Week of February 19, 2018

Arguments: Week of January 16, 2018

With only two argument days this week, the Court will hear argument in four, quite different cases with issues ranging from arcane civil procedure questions to whether a capital defendant’s lawyer can, in the hopes of avoiding a death sentence, effectively concede guilt against the defendant’s express objection. The death penalty case is McCoy v. … Continue reading Arguments: Week of January 16, 2018

Arguments: Week of January 8, 2018

The Court begins 2018 with a full schedule of oral arguments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Among the most interesting arguments are an important voting rights case and two cases about Fourth Amendment searches involving vehicles. The Fourth Amendment cases will both be argued on Tuesday. In Byrd v. United States, the … Continue reading Arguments: Week of January 8, 2018

Arguments: Week of December 4, 2017

The Court will hear arguments in five cases this coming week, including the blockbuster case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which will be argued on Tuesday, December 6. (People were already lining up to see this oral argument on Friday.) Masterpiece Cakeshop involves a Colorado bakery that refused to sell a wedding cake … Continue reading Arguments: Week of December 4, 2017

Arguments: Week of November 6, 2017

The Court will hear only two arguments this week — one each on Monday and on Tuesday. It has also indicated that the first opinion(s) may be issued on Wednesday. In addition, orders from last Friday’s Conference will be released on Monday. On Monday, the Court will hear oral arguments in a bankruptcy case, Merit … Continue reading Arguments: Week of November 6, 2017

Arguments: Week of October 30, 2017

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. Monday’s cases, which are both capital cases, present questions about habeas procedure. Tuesday’s cases are about appellate review standards.  The argument on Wednesday will review the meaning of the tolling provision for state court claims in supplemental jurisdiction cases. The first … Continue reading Arguments: Week of October 30, 2017

This Week at the Supreme Court – Week of October 9, 2017

This coming week, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases, all of which present major civil and appellate procedural issues. On Tuesday, following a day off on Monday for Columbus Day, the Court will hear oral arguments in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. The case presents the question of whether Federal … Continue reading This Week at the Supreme Court – Week of October 9, 2017