Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, March 1.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Dean v. United States. Douglas Berman has our preview.

Cases


Sitting Docket Title(link to Wiki page) Issue Argument(link to transcript) Decision(link to opinion)
16-983Binderup v. SessionsWhether, as used in 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(20)(B), the term “punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less” means “capable of being punished by a term of imprisonment of two years or less,” or “subject to a term of imprisonment of two years or less.” (Opinion by )
16-965Jones v. Illinois(1) Whether it violates the Sixth and 14th Amendments to use a criminal defendant's prior juvenile adjudication, where that defendant had no right to a jury trial, to impose a longer sentence than otherwise would be permissible in a subsequent adult criminal proceeding; (2) if it is constitutionally permissible to use a prior non-jury juvenile adjudication to enhance a sentence, whether the fact of that adjudication must be proved to a jury, or may be found by a judge alone; and (3) alternatively, whether the court's decision in Almendarez-Torres v. United States, which held that the fact of a prior conviction need not be submitted to a jury and proved beyond a reasonable doubt, should be overruled. (Opinion by )
16-5046Cotonuts v. United StatesWhether the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act's delegation of authority to the Attorney General to issue regulations under 42 U.S.C. § 16913(d) violates the nondelegation doctrine. (Opinion by )
16-6855Wilson v. SellersWhether the court's decision in Harrington v. Richter silently abrogates the presumption set forth in Ylst v. Nunnemaker – that a federal court sitting in habeas proceedings should “look through” a summary state court ruling to review the last reasoned decision – as a slim majority of the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held in this case, despite the agreement of both parties that the Ylst presumption should continue to apply. (Opinion by )
16-656Reed v. LouisianaWhether imposition of the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and 14th Amendments. (Opinion by )
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