The Court today accepted four new cases including a potentially landmark voting rights case. The cases will almost certainly be heard in April and you can see the orders list here. The court put each of the cases on a expedited brief schedule in order to fit the cases on to the April session from April 20-April 29.

Ricci v. DeStephano (docket)
Ricci v. DeStephano (docket)
-United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit-
Can localities refuse to certify the results of an examination as a result of racially imbalanced results and fear of Title VII violation?

Horne v. Flores (docket)
Speaker of the Arizona House v. Flores (docket)
-United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit-
Whether a district court followed the proper procedure in issuing, and reconsidering, a class action lawsuit against a school district for giving insufficient funding to programs designed to each english to non-native speakers.

Republic of Iraq v. Beaty (docket)
Republic of Iraq v. Robert Simon (docket)
-United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia-
Whether or note US Courts have jurisdiction over events transpiring in Iraq prior to the US occupation.

Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Mukasey (docket)
-US District Court for the District of Columbia-
Whether or not localities must continue to get clearance from Congress to finalize districts and whether or not Congress’ 25 year extension in 2006 is justified.

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