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Today at the Court

The Court hears oral argument today in three criminal cases:  United States v. Stevens, Johnson v. United States, and Bloate v. United States.  You can read Lyle Denniston and Hanseul Kang’s coverage of Stevens, which involves a constitutional challenge to a federal statute prohibiting depictions of animal cruelty on Scotuswiki [disclosure:  Akin Gump represents respondent Robert Stevens in the case]; Natasha Fedder covers Johnson — in which the Court will consider whether a state battery conviction is a violent felony — on Scotuswiki; and Scott Street has this preview of Bloate, involving the calculation of time for purposes of the Speedy Trial Act.