Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Criminal law and procedure cases have been well represented in cert grants this term, and that's on top of the many pending cases that were already scheduled for argument. The reason? Doug Berman speculates at Sentencing Law and Policy that the addition of two former prosecutors to the Court (Alito and Sotomayer) might be playing a role. He suggests that "they likely find a range of criminal law topics inherently more interesting than their colleagues, and they also likely understand more fully how important clarity and certainty is to the work of all criminal justice practitioners."