This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address the preclusion of legal damages if the equitable defense of unclean hands is asserted; the constitutionality of the Florida Department of Corrections’ ban on Prison Legal News; and the eligibility of a criminal defendant convicted of violated the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act for relief, under the “safety valve” of 18 U.S.C. § 3553(f), from a mandatory minimum sentence.

The petitions of the week are:

18-355
Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is counsel on an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in this case. This listing occurs without regard to the likelihood that certiorari will be granted.

Issue: Whether the Florida Department of Corrections’ blanket ban of Prison Legal News violates a petitioner’s First Amendment right to free speech and a free press.

18-374

Issue: Whether a criminal defendant convicted of violating the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act, 46 U.S.C. § 70501, et seq., and subject to a mandatory minimum sentence under 21 U.S.C. § 960, is eligible for relief from that mandatory minimum under the statutory “safety valve” of 18 U.S.C. § 3553(f).

18-378

Issue: Whether the equitable defense of unclean hands precludes legal relief in the form of damages.

Posted in Prison Legal News v. Jones, Castillo v. U.S., Merck & Co. Inc. v. Gilead Sciences Inc., Cases in the Pipeline

Recommended Citation: Aurora Barnes, Petitions of the week, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 23, 2018, 5:00 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2018/10/petitions-of-the-week-15/