The latest edition of “Petitions to Watch” features cases up for consideration at the Justices’ private conference of November 20. As always, the list reflects the petitions on the Court’s ‘paid’ docket that Tom has deemed to have a reasonable chance of being granted.

Conference of November 20, 2007
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Docket: 06-939
Case name: Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. Brown
Issue: Whether the National Labor Relations Act preempts a California law barring private employers from using state grant or program funds to influence union organizing campaigns.

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Docket: 07-77
Case name: Riley v. Kennedy
Issue: Whether states subject to Voting Rights Act pre-clearance requirements must receive Justice Department approval before implementing decisions of its highest court striking down previously pre-cleared state laws. (Disclosure: Akin Gump represents the respondent.)

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Docket: 07-100
Name: Harris County (Tex.) v. Staley
Issue: Whether a prevailing party in district court is entitled to attorney’s fees if the case becomes moot pending appeal.

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Docket: 07-130
Case name: Edwards v. Kenyon
Issue: Whether a police officer may properly be denied qualified immunity against an excessive force claim if an en banc panel divides equally as to whether the conduct violated a clearly established constitutional right.

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Docket: 07-211
Case name: Sanchez v. San Diego County
Issue: Whether requiring suspicionless home searches as a condition of welfare eligibility violates the Fourth Amendment.

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Docket: 07-212
Case name: Wright v. Van Patten
Issue: Whether, in light of the Court’s decision in Carey v. Musladin (2006), a defendant whose lawyers participates in a plea hearing via speakerphone is entitled to habeas relief.

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Docket: 07-360
Case name: Smith v. Frye
Issue: Whether the Court’s decision on political firings in Elrod v. Burns (1976) protects an at-will employee working for a state judge terminated after her son mounted a candidacy against the incumbent clerk.

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Docket: 07-362
Case name: Teen Ranch, Inc. v. Udow
Issue: Whether a state violates the Free Exercise Clause by excluding a faith-based treatment center from a program for placement of troubled adolescents. (Click here for Lyle’s post on the petition.)

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