Issue: (1) For purposes of federal habeas review, has the U.S. Supreme Court clearly established the rule that due process prohibits a state court judge from taking into account his own religious beliefs in sentencing a defendant? (2) Did the state court judge violate petitioners’ due process rights when the judge told petitioners, following their guilty plea to the robbery at a church, that they had stolen God’s money intended for the establishment of a religious kingdom on earth and then sentenced each of them to 53 to 71 years? (3) Did the sentences of petitioners, who were adolescents without any serious prior record and did not harm anyone in the robbery, violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment?
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect additional orders from the November 25 Conference. (Lyle covered the grants that were issued after that Conference last Tuesday.) Monday is also the first day of the Court's December sitting. The hearing list is here. On Tuesday we expect one or more opinions in argued cases at 10:00 a.m. We will begin live blogging here shortly before 10.
King v. Burwell Availability of federal tax subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance on an exchange operated by the federal government
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Sigma Delta Chi
Awarded the Sigma Delta Chi deadline reporting award for online coverage of the Affordable Care Act decision.
National Press Club Award
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Awarded the Silver Gavel Award by the American Bar Association for fostering the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
American Gavel Award
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