Friday, June 20, 2008

Heller wait continues ...

Well, at least we're in the home stretch. The Supreme Court's last officially scheduled decision day is Monday, June 23rd. The Court has 10 remaining opinions to issue from this term's cases.

Three of the remaining cases are high-profile cases: Exxon v. Baker, a punitive damages cases involving the Exxon Valdez oil spill (yes, that case is still going on!), Kennedy v. Louisiana, concerning the constitutionality of the death penalty for child rape, and of course, D.C. v. Heller, the Second Amendment challenge to the D.C. gun ban.

Although the last scheduled decision day of the term is next Monday, the Court can add additional decision days as it sees fit. Given that ten opinions are still outstanding, that possibility seems likely at this point. Likely candidate(s) for such additional decision days would be Wednesday or Thursday of next week, in addition to the scheduled Monday. At any rate, we should have a Heller decision by the end of next week.

Stay tuned.

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