Following Monday’s “Long Conference,” yesterday the Court granted certiorari in six new cases and overturned a lower-court ruling on new election districts for West Virginia’s congressional representatives.  The Court’s full order list can be found here.  In addition to Lyle’s general coverage of the grants for this blog, Jesse J. Holland at the Associated Press observes that two of the cases in which the Court granted review yesterday were “filed by two people who couldn’t afford or didn’t bother to hire an attorney.”

Yesterday’s grant in Missouri v. McNeely, in which the Court will consider whether police can take a blood sample from an allegedly drunk driver without a warrant to prevent any alcohol in the blood from dissipating over time, received the most coverage, from Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News, David G. Savage of the Los Angeles Times, Terry Baynes and Jonathan Stempel of Reuters, Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor, and the Associated Press (via The Washington Post).

The cert. grant in Gabelli v. Securities and Exchange Commission, in which the Court will consider how to calculate the five-year limitation on the SEC’s power to impose a penalty for securities fraud, generated coverage from Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News, Jonathan Stempel and Sarah N. Lynch of Reuters, and the Associated Press (via The Washington Post).

Yesterday the Court also issued an unsigned ruling in Tennant v. Jefferson County Commission, a West Virginia congressional redistricting case in which the Court held that the three-judge district court was wrong to require that there be virtually no difference in population between the House districts drawn up after the 2010 Census.  Lyle provides extensive analysis of the decision at this blog; additional coverage comes from Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News, Adam Liptak of The New York Times, Terry Baynes and Jonathan Stempel of Reuters, Bill Mears of CNN, Brent Kendall of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Ruthann Robson at the Constitutional Law Prof Blog, Kent Scheidegger at Crime and Consequences, and the Associated Press (via The Washington Post).

In other news, yesterday the Court refused to halt the execution of Cleve Foster, a Texas death row inmate who maintained his innocence; Bill Chappell at NPR’s The Two-Way blog and Kent Scheidegger of Crime and Consequences have coverage; Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports that Foster was executed two hours later.

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Recommended Citation: Conor McEvily, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 26, 2012, 10:40 AM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/09/wednesday-round-up-153/