This morning we expect orders from the March 16 Conference. Our list of “Petitions to watch” is here. We will be live blogging the orders as they are announced beginning around 10:00.

Following orders, the Justices will hear oral arguments in two cases.  In Astrue v. Capato, the Court will consider the appropriate legal standard for determining whether a child conceived after a parent’s death is the late parent’s child for the purpose of awarding Social Security survivor’s benefits. Kristine Knaplund previewed the case for the blog.

The second argument this morning will be in Southern Union Co. v. United States, in which the Justices will consider whether criminal fines are subject to the principle announced in Apprendi v. New Jersey. Susan Mandiberg previewed the case for the blog.

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Recommended Citation: Kali Borkoski, Today at the the Court: March 19, 2011, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 19, 2012, 12:01 AM),