Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, April 25. We will begin live-blogging at this link at 9:45 a.m.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Tuesday the court also hears oral argument in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell. Amy Howe has our preview.

Cases


Sitting Docket Title(link to Wiki page) Issue Argument(link to transcript) Decision(link to opinion)
16-1194Kinderace, LLC v. City of Sammamish, WashingtonWhether the “parcel as a whole” inquiry, as set out in Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City, allows a court to combine an owner's interests in two legally distinct, but previously commonly owned, adjacent parcels when determining the extent of property that a court should consider when reviewing a regulatory takings claim. (Opinion by )
16-1177Virginia v. LeBlancWhether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit erred under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act in holding that the Virginia Supreme Court's decision in Angel v. Commonwealth was an objectively unreasonable application of Graham v. Florida, thereby creating a split with Virginia courts over the validity of Virginia's parole regulations, and a split with other jurisdictions over whether parole eligibility at age 60 constitutes a life-without-parole sentence. (Opinion by )
16-1170Florida v. Franklin(1) Whether the Sixth Amendment gives a defendant convicted of a capital crime the right to have a jury make statutorily mandated non-factual findings supporting the imposition of the death penalty, such as the determination that aggravating factors outweigh mitigating factors and the related moral judgment that the defendant should be sentenced to death; and (2) whether the Eighth Amendment requires jury sentencing in capital cases. (Opinion by )
16-1169Arencibia v. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp.Whether an entity that regularly attempts to collect debts that it owns, but obtained from another after the debt was already in default, is a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. (Opinion by )
16-1159Florida v. Simmons(1) Whether the Sixth Amendment gives a defendant convicted of a capital crime the right to have a jury make statutorily mandated non-factual findings supporting the imposition of the death penalty, such as the determination that aggravating circumstances outweigh mitigating factors and the related moral judgment that the defendant should be sentenced to death; and (2) whether the Eighth Amendment requires jury sentencing in capital cases. (Opinion by )
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