Most of the interesting things on today's order list appeared on last week's relists, including both of today's grants (Reynolds v. United States, 10-6549, relisted 1/7, 1/14; and Howes v. Fields, 10-680, relisted 1/14), and today's summary reversal in Swarthout v. Cooke, 10-333.

Two of the cases from last weeks' relists appear to have been relisted once again.   It is hard to be certain at this point because the Court has not yet updated either its online docket or its telephone information system.

If a case has been relisted once, it generally means that the Court is paying close attention to the case, and the chances of a grant are higher than for an average case.  But once a case has been relisted more than twice, it is generally no longer a likely candidate for plenary review, and is more likely to result in a summary reversal or a dissent from the denial of cert.

Today's relisted cases appear to be:

Title: Sheets v. Simpson (relisted after 1/7 and 1/14 Conferences; apparent relist after 1/21)
Docket: 10-458
Issue(s): (1) Whether a prison inmate is in "custody" for Miranda purposes if law enforcement officers isolate and question him about criminal conduct occurring outside the prison but impose no additional restraints or coercive pressures beyond those inherent in ordinary prison confinement; and (2) whether a police officer violates clearly established Miranda law by advising a defendant who asks him whether a polygraph examination will confirm the veracity of the defendant's statements that defendant will not have any trouble if his statements are truthful, but that he should terminate the examination and consult an attorney if he is lying.

Certiorari stage documents:

Title: Roberts v. Kauffman Racing Equipment, LLC (relisted after 1/14 Conference; apparent relist after 1/21 Conference)
Docket: 10-617
Issue(s): Whether the Due Process Clause permits a state to exercise personal jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant based solely on a claim that the defendant committed an intentional tort on the Internet knowing that the plaintiff resided in the forum State.

Certiorari stage documents:

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In addition, these two cases appear to have been relisted three times since the Court first called for a response from the government back in September.  These cases appear to be likely candidates for a dissent from denial of cert.

Title: Esteban Ayala-Segoviano  v. United States, 10-5296 (relisted after 1/7 and 1/14 Conferences; apparent relist after 1/21 Conference)
Docket: 10-5296
Issue(s): Whether Almendarez-Torres v. United States , 523 U.S. 224 (1998), should be overruled.

Title: Vazquez v. United States, 10-6117 (relisted after 1/7 and 1/14 Conferences; apparent relist after 1/21 Conference)
Docket: 10-6117

Issue(s): Whether Almendarez-Torres v. United States , 523 U.S. 224 (1998), should be overruled.

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Recommended Citation: John Elwood, Re-list watch (UPDATED 9:15pm – 1/26/11), SCOTUSblog (Jan. 24, 2011, 3:04 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2011/01/re-list-watch-2/