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June 25, 2012

Supreme Court Warm-Up

So today is hopefully the big day. Aside from Obamacare (which, don't get cocky) and U.S. v. Arizona (again, don't get cocky) the Court has four other argued cases pending. In a normal year, three of these would be major cases on everyone's radar, but they've been kind of drowned out by the two big cases.

United States v. Alvarez, on the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act. This one is a free speech case asking whether Congress violated the First Amendment by criminalizing lies about whether a person has received military medals or other honors.

Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, on the constitutionality of life sentences for juvenile offenders. These are two cruel and unusual punishment cases asking whether it is permissible to sentence a fourteen year-old to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

The fourth case, First American Financial Corp. v. Edwards is about mortgage kickbacks and everyone's favorite issue: standing.

We will certainly have coverage when the Supreme Court starts issuing this morning at 10 Eastern.

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