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The Supreme Court is considering requests to allow late filings of amicus briefs, by members of Congress and former Securities and Exchange Commissioners, in the pending securities fraud case of Stoneridge Investment v. Scientific-Atlanta (No. 06-43), scheduled for argument Oct. 9. A coming post this week will discuss these motions, and their relationship to the Solicitor General’s position not to support the claims of investors in the case. The SG has until Aug. 15 to move to the other side and thus to oppose the investors’ claims.

As lawyers for the District of Columbia government continue working on a petition for review on the constitutionality of the city’s strict gun control law (in District of Columbia v. Heller), with a filing deadline of Sept. 5, a post this week will discuss an analysis of the Second Amendment constitutional controversy in a new book by Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., may act alone, or refer to the full Court for action, on an emergency motion to delay the transfer to Algeria of a Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ahmed Belacha (07A98). A petition for review in the case is expected to be filed by Friday, Aug. 10.

On Tuesday, attorneys for another Guantanamo Bay detainee, Saifullah Paracha, a Pakistani national, are expected to file a petition for review to challenge his continued detention. Tuesday is the deadline for that filing. The D.C. Circuit may act during the week on a request for a new briefing schedule in Paracha’s pending case at the Circuit Court (Circuit docket 06-1038) — the first test of an “enemy combatant” determination by the military for a Guantanamo detainee. That case is separate from the habeas challenge at issue in the cert. petition due Monday.