Monday, October 01, 2007

Supreme Court Begins Term Today

The new term of the U.S. Supreme Court begins today. The Court's term begins on the first Monday in October. Some of the cases before the Court this term include:
  • Guantanamo Detainees: Court will determine whether detainees can use U.S. civil courts to challenge indefinite incarceration (Boumediene v. Bush, 06-1195, Al-Odah v. U.S., 06-1196).
  • Lethal Injections: Court will determine whether lethal injection violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment (Baze v. Rees, 07-5439).
  • Voter Photo ID: Court will determine whether laws requiring voters to show photo identification to vote violates the Constitution. (Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 07-21, Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita, 07-25).
  • Presidential Power: Court will hear a separation of powers case where they will determine whether the president has the power to set aside a state law to abide by international treaty in the case of a convicted Mexican national (Medellin v. Texas, 06-984).
Check out all the cases the Supreme Court will hear this season.

Read "Supreme Court to Take On Contentious Cases in New Term" from the Washington Post and "Lethal Injection, Child Porn, Guantanamo Bay on New Docket for Supreme Court" from FOX News.

Want more information on the Supreme Court? Check out the library's guide.

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