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February calendar, day by day

The Supreme Court on Monday released the oral argument calendar for the session beginning Monday, Feb. 23, and continuing through Wednesday, March 4.  The calendar can be found here.  All of the hearings will be in the mornings. Here are the scheduled cases, with brief summaries of the issues involved:

Mon., Feb. 23:

U.S. v. Navajo Nation (07-1420) — federal government duty to protect Indian tribe’s mineral rights

Rivera v. Illinois (07-9995) — effect on conviction of erroneous denial of peremptory challenge to a juror

Tues., Feb. 24:

Burlington Northern v. U.S. (07-1601) and Shell Oil v. U.S. (07-1607) — liability for cleanup of toxic waste dump (cases consolidated for one-hour hearing)

Carlsbad Technology v. HIF Bio, Inc. (07-1437) — Circuit Court authority to review District Court order returning case to state courts

Wed., Feb. 25:

Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs (07-1372) — authority of a state to sell state lands

Flores-Figueroa v. U.S. (08-108) — proof needed under federal identity theft law

Mon., March 2:

District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne (08-6) — right to obtain DNA evidence

Atlantic Sounding v. Townsend (08-214) — seaman’s right to punitive damages

Tues., March 3:

Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal (08-22) — duty of elected judge to disqualify from case in which a major campaign donor has an interest

Arthur Andersen LLP v. Carlisle (08-146) — right to appeal a District Court’s refusal to stay a pending case during arbitration

Wed., March 4:

Abuelhawa v. U.S. (08-192) — use of telephone as factor in “facilitation” of felony of distributing illegal drugs, when the purchase is for personal use

Dean v. U.S. (08-5274) — proof needed for ten-year mandatory minimum sentence for discharging a gun during a violent crime