The Supreme Court released an orders list today (here) and they accepted three new cases.

    Carcieri v. Kempthorne – Whether or not the federal government must afford Indian Tribes that are not officially recognized the same protections they offer officially recognized tribes. (Petition for Cert.)
    Arizona v. Gant – The Court accepted review on this questions only: “Does the Fourth Amendment require law enforcement officers to demonstrate a threat to their safety or a need to preserve evidence related to the crime of arrest in order to justify a warrantless vehicular search incident to arrest conducted after the vehicle’s recent occupants have been arrested and secured?”
    Chrones v. Pulido – The Court is asked to rule on the implications of incorrect jury instructions on the deliverance of federal habeas release.(Circuit Court Decision, analysis of that opinion here)

The Court will hear each of these cases next term, presumably in October or November.

The Court also rejected Texas’ application participate in Oral Arguments on behalf of Heller (divided argument) in the 2nd Amendment case DC v. Heller but did accept the Solicitor General’s application to participate in a separate 15-minute questioning session. This gives the DC-side 45 minutes of examination to Heller’s 30 minutes.


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