The New Term Cometh
Lopez v. Gonzales, Toledo-Flores v. United States: Question presented: What kind of drug crime can get a guy booted back to Mexico? (If this sounds familiar, it should; every Term the Court has some Latino-surnamed case raising a variant of this issue.)Ah, Judge Reinhardt... the Supreme Court's favorite punching bag. I love his Wikipedia entry too. Look at the Judicial Career section...
Ornaski v. Belmontes: Question presented: How early in the Term can Judge Reinhardt get reversed?
MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. Question presented: In order for a patent licensee to litigate the validity of a patent, can they merely flip the patent holder the bird, or do they actually have to go ahead and breach the license agreement?
BP America Production Co. v. Watson: Question presented: Have you ever heard of the federal Mineral Leasing Act -- and if so, do you care? (We didn't think so.)
More case summaries, after the jump.
United States v. Resendiz-Ponce: Question presented: How many times can the Ninth Circuit get reversed in criminal cases in a single Supreme Court Term?
Global Crossing Telecommunications, Inc. v. Metrophones Telecommunications, Inc.: Question presented: Can Justice Thomas stay awake for an entire oral argument about FCC regulations governing compensation for coinless pay phone calls?
Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Sorrell: This has something to do with causation standards under the Federal Employers Liability Act in the railroad context. Where's Mrs. Palsgraf?
Cunningham v. California: Question presented: Can the Supreme Court make its Blakely/Booker sentencing jurisprudence even more bewildering than it already is? (Here's Professor Doug Berman's take on Cunningham.)
Carey v. Musladin: Another Judge Reinhardt special. Question presented: see Ornaski, above.
Judge Reinhardt is known for his carefully crafted opinions.Notice the lack of citation. I guess even the most die-hard Reinhardt fans can't find a source to back up that claim. How about this instead..."Judge Reinhardt is known for carefully crafting his opinions in a way to expedite their reversal by the Supreme Court." Much better.
Lat thinks this term looks boring and is hoping for some more interesting cert grants. I think the term is already much more interesting than last term. The EPA case and the abortion cases are incredibly interesting. I have faith that the Justices will fill out the rest of the docket with a few more high profile legal nail biters.