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Monday, October 5, 2009

ScotusBlog Coverage of Opening Day

With today's commencement of a new term of Court, the time is right to remind those who have forgotten, and to inform those who didn't know, about ScotusBlog, a wonderful source of information for those tracking cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The site publishes the Court's order list--today's includes no cert grants but plenty of cert denials. ScotusWiki links to briefs and opinions in cases in which review has been granted and in selected pre-grant cases designated as "Petitions to Watch." ScotusBlog today covered media attention focused on several of the cert denials here; here is their summary of the coverage of some of the criminal law and procedure cases in which cert was denied:

Holmes v. Louisiana: The Court declined to hear an appeal from a death row inmate who has claimed that developmental disabilities caused by fetal alcohol syndrome should disqualify her from execution.  CNN, UPI, and the AP all have coverage of the case.

Mikos v. United States: The LA Times, the Chicago Sun Times, NBC Chicago, and the AP report on the news that the Court will not hear an appeal of the conviction of a doctor who allegedly shot a nurse to prevent her from testifying against him in a Medicare fraud case.  The defense has contended that prosecutors encouraged the jury to focus on the doctor’s failure to testify on his own behalf.

Nacchio v. United States: The AP, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, WSJ Law Blog, the New York Times, the Denver Post, and the Huffington Post all have coverage of the Court’s refusal to hear former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio’s appeal of his conviction for insider trading.  Nacchio’s attorneys had argued that he was not given a fair trial.

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