No oral arguments are scheduled and no non-capital orders are expected to be issued from the Court this week. If any orders are issued in pending cases, we will post them promptly.

The Justices are scheduled to hold a private conference on Friday, orders from which could be released the same day and the following Tuesday, Feb. 19.

By Thursday, the Solicitor General is expected to file a petition for certiorari in Bismullah v. Gates, challenging a D.C. Circuit Court ruling last July 20 laying down the procedures to be followed — and the government’s information-filing requirements — in the Circuit Court’s review of detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005. The Solicitor General also plans to seek a stay of the Circuit Court ruling, if the Circuit Court refuses a stay this week.

Petitioners’ merits briefs are due Thursday in Irizarry v. United States (06-7517), Bridge v. Phoenix Bond & Indemnity (07-210), Greenlaw v. United States (07-330), Kennedy v. Louisiana (07-343), Plains Commerce Bank v. Long Family Land & Cattle (07-411), and Sprint Communications v. APCC Services (07-552).

Respondents’ merits briefs are due Monday in Richlin Security Service v. Chertoff (06-1717), Tuesday in Chamber of Commerce v. Brown (06-939), Wednesday in Riley v. Kennedy (07-77) and United States v. Clintwood Elkhorn Mining Company (07-308), and Friday in Rothgery v. Gillespie County (07-440).

Petitioners’ reply briefs are due Wednesday in Allison Engine v. United States (07-214), and Friday in Cuellar v. United States (06-1456).

Amicus briefs in support of the respondent are due Monday in District of Columbia v. Heller (07-290). For a list of amicus briefs filed thus far in support of the respondent, click here.

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