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Supreme Court Releases October Hearing Schedule

By Robyn Hagan Cain on July 19, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! The Supreme Court announced its October 2011 hearing schedule on July 18. First Monday is October 3.

There are twelve cases scheduled for oral arguments in October, with topics ranging from patients' rights to copyright restoration. A complete list is available below.

Monday, Oct. 3:

Tuesday, Oct. 4:

  • Maples v. Thomas (10-63) -- addressing a death-row inmate's right to pursue federal habeas despite state procedural flaw that was not his fault.
  • Martinez v. Ryan (10-1001) -- examining constitutional right of convicted individual to raise state trial ineffective assistance claim in federal court.
  • Howes v . Fields (10-680) 1 p.m. -- determining whether prisoner is always "in custody" for purposes of Miranda any time that prisoner is isolated from the general prison population and questioned about conduct occurring outside the prison regardless of the surrounding circumstances

Wednesday, Oct. 5:

  • Hosanna-Tabor Church v. EEOC (10-553) -- questioning whether the ministerial exception applies to a teacher at a religious elementary school who teaches the full secular curriculum, religion classes, and leads prayer and worship.
  • Golan v. Holder (10-545) -- determining whether Congress has the power to restore lapsed copyrights. (Justice Kagan is recused.)

Tuesday, Oct. 11:

  • Pacific Operators Offshore v. Valladolid (10-507) -- determining Outer Continental Shelf oil workers' eligibility for compensation following workplace injuries.
  • CompuCredit v. Greenwood (10-948) -- asking whether claims arising under the Credit Repair Organizations Act, 15 U.S.C. §1679 et seq., are subject to arbitration pursuant to a valid arbitration agreement.
  • Greene v. Fisher (10-637) 1 p.m. -- determining, for purposes of adjudicating a state prisoner's petition for federal habeas relief, the temporal cutoff for whether a decision from this Court qualifies as "clearly established Federal law" under 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d), as amended by the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996?

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders (10-945) -- determining whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search of every individual arrested for any minor offense no matter what the circumstances.
  • Judulang v. U.S. (10-694) -- reviewing whether a lawful permanent resident who was convicted by guilty plea of an offense that renders him deportable, but who did not depart and reenter the United States between his conviction and the commencement of removal proceedings, is categorically foreclosed from seeking discretionary relief from removal under former Section 212(c) of the INA.

The Court's decision in Pacific Operators Offshore will likely impact litigation in BP/Deepwater Horizon cases, while modest miscreants will be interested in the Court's take on strip searches in Florence. Keep checking FindLaw's Supreme Court Blog for the latest news on these cases.

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