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Next week the Justices of the Supreme Court will return from their lecture tours and hear oral arguments in four cases. Click the case numbers for summaries care of Oyez.org.

Klein & Co. Futures, Inc. v. Board of Trade of the City of New York, 06-1265, deals with whether futures commission merchants have standing to sue under the Commodities Exchange Act. Monday at 10 a.m.

Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, 06-9130, deals with whether a claim by a prisoner regarding missing personal items is barred by the Federal Tort Claims Act. Monday at 11 a.m.

United States v. Williams, 06-694, deals with whether the PROTECT ACT, designed to criminalize the possession and distribution of child pornography, is unconstitutionally overbroad and vague on its face, since it could ban material that does not actually feature children. Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Logan v. United States, 06-6911, deals with whether convictions that do not result in loss of civil rights are excluded from the three convictions necessary to activate the Armed Career Criminal Act’s sentence enhancement. Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, the White House said it will hand over surveillance program documents to the Judiciary Committee (NYT).

Waterboarding continues to present problems for AG nominee Michael Mukasey (AP).

New York Rep. Charles Rangel thinks the individual alternative minimum tax is a bad idea (Marketwatch).

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