The Supreme Court on Monday released the calendar for oral arguments for the opening session of the 2010 Term, starting on Monday, Oct. 4.  The Court will hold afternoon arguments on two of the five argument days in that sitting.  The morning sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon; the afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m.  The daily list is below the jump; it shows brief summaries of the issues involved in each case.

Monday, Oct. 4:

Abbott v. U.S. (09-479) and Gould v. U.S. (09-7073) — validity of added five-year gun crime sentence on top of mandatory sentence for underlying crime.  (Consolidated, one hour for argument)

Ransom v. MBNA America Bank (09-907) — deduction of auto expenses by Chapter 13 bankruptcy debtor

Tuesday, Oct. 5:

N.A.S.A. v. Nelson (09-530) — scope of constitutional right of privacy for personal information

Michigan v. Bryant (09-150) — constitutionality of using as evidence a wounded crime victim’s out-of-court statement to police

Afternoon: Los Angeles County v. Humphries (09-350) — local government liability for violation of individual rights

Wednesday, Oct. 6:

Snyder v. Phelps (09-751) — constitutional protection against political protests at soldier’s private funeral

Bruesewitz v. Wyeth (09-152) — right to sue in state court over injury or death due to vaccine injection

Monday, Oct. 11 — legal holiday — no arguments

Tuesday, Oct. 12:

Harrington v. Richter (09-587) — defense lawyer duty to call expert witness to counter prosecution’s physical evidence; also, scope of federal court deference to state court

Premo v. Moore (09-658) — standard for federal habeas courts in reviewing failure of defense lawyer to challenge client’s confession to crime  (This case was formerly titled Belleque v. Moore)

Afternoon: Connick v. Thompson (09-571) — local government liability for prosecutor’s failure to share evidence favorable to the defense

Wednesday, Oct. 13:

Kasten v. Saint-Globan Performance Plastics (09-834) — protection of worker against retaliation over complaints about illegal workplace actions, if complaints were not in writing

Skinner v. Switzer (09-9000) — access to federal court to seek evidence for DNA testing to prove claim of innocence

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