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Petitions to Watch | 3.27.09

This edition of “Petitions to Watch” features cases up for consideration at the Justices’ private conference on March 27. As always, the list contains the petitions on the Court’s paid docket that Tom has deemed to have a reasonable chance of being granted. To access previous editions of Petitions to Watch, visit our archives on SCOTUSwiki.

Docket: 08-567
Title: Agripost, LLC, et al. v. Miami-Dade County, Florida
Issue: What is the obligation of a property owner to litigate the basis of its takings claim in state court before proceeding to federal court?

Docket: 08-765
Title: Virginia v. Jaynes
Issue:  Whether a state’s criminal statute prohibiting falsified sender information in email spam is facially unconstitutional for overbreadth or if a court should in its holding compare the statute’s legitimate applications to unprotected commercial speech against its possible application to protected speech.

Cases involving lawyers from Akin Gump or Howe & Russell (listed without regard to likelihood of being granted):

Docket: 08-704
Title: Bolton v. City of Dallas
Issue: Whether a municipality is liable under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for its agent’s violation of a mandatory municipal policy.

[Akin Gump represents the respondent.]