Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No Heller Decision Today

The Supreme Court issued four opinions today, but did not issue its opinion in D.C. v. Heller, the case challenging the D.C. gun ban on Second Amendment grounds.

Among the opinions issued, the Court decided two of the three high-profile cases, Exxon v. Baker, the case involving punitive damages resulting from the Exxon Valdez spill, and Kennedy v. Louisiana, on the constitutionality of the death penalty for child rape. In the Exxon case, the Court limited the scope of punitive damages under maritime law. In Kennedy, the Court ruled that the death penalty for child rape is unconstitutional where the victim child does not die and the rapist did not intend to kill the child.

With today's opinions, the Court has three cases remaining to decide from this term. The Court announced that it will issue all of it s remaining opinions, including Heller, at 10 AM tomorrow.

Stay tuned. I will update this blog Thursday morning as soon as the Court's opinions are released, and will provide the link to the Heller decision as soon as it's available.

Update: The Exxon v. Baker punitive damages decision is available here. The Kennedy v. Louisiana decision on the death penalty for child rape is available here.

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