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Yesterday, the court added four cases to its merits docket, consolidating two. Amy Howe covers the grants for this blog. Additional coverage comes from Lyle Denniston in his eponymous blog, who reports that two of the cases, Turner v. United States and Overton v. United States, stem from “a gruesome murder  in the nation’s capital more than three decades ago, when all but one of those found guilty were teenagers,” and that the “two appeals, combined for a single ruling, could clarify the constitutional duty of prosecutors to hand over to defense lawyers items of evidence that could help gain a not-guilty verdict.” Keith Alexander also reports on the two cases in The Washington Post.


  • In The Atlantic, Emma Green looks at Advocate Health Care v. Stapleton, a pension-benefits case whose outcome, along with those in two cases raising the same issue that have been consolidated with Advocate Health Care for oral argument, “could affect the viability of religiously affiliated orphanages, hospitals, schools, and nursing homes, and it could also threaten the financial security of a generation of their workers, fast heading toward retirement.”
  • In The National Law Review, Robert Manoso and Thomas Ryan discuss the court’s Monday decision in Shaw v. United States, in which the court ruled that a defendant can be found liable under the federal bank-fraud statute if he only intended to defraud a third party, not the bank itself, observing that the “Court’s ruling marks the latest victory for the government in the financial fraud enforcement space.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 15, 2016, 7:22 AM),