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Grants of Certiorari

HABEAS CORPUS

Has a habeas petitioner’s claim been “adjudicated on the merits” where the state court denied relief in an explained decision but did not expressly acknowledge a federal-law basis for the claim? Cavazos v. Williams, No. 10-1016.Certiorari granted:  Jan 13, 2012. ...

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TRIBAL LAW

Is the government required to pay all of the contract support costs incurred by a tribal contractor under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act where Congress has imposed an express statutory cap on the appropriations available to pay such ...

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BANKRUPTCY

Can a Chapter 11 debtor pursue a reorganization plan that proposes to sell encumbered assets at auction free and clear of liens without allowing a secured lender to bid its credit? See “Justices to decide ‘cramdown’ rights of secured lender” ...

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INDIAN LAW

Does a resident of Indian lands have standing to challenge a decision by the Secretary of the Interior to take land in trust for use as a gaming facility, and does the United States have sovereign immunity in such suits? ...

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IMMIGRATION LAW

Does federal immigration law preempt an Arizona law authorizing police to verify the immigration status of individuals who are detained? See “Justices to decide if Az. immigration law is preempted” Arizona v. U.S., No. 11-182. Certiorari granted:  Dec. 12, 2011. ...

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ELECTION LAW

Are the redistricting plans drawn up by a federal court for the Texas state legislature and U.S. House of Representatives constitutional? Perry v. Perez, Nos. 11-713, 11-714 and 11-715. Cases accepted  Dec. 9, 2011. Ruling below: Unreported order SA-11-CV-360 (U.S. ...

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CIVIL RIGHTS

Does the existence of probable cause to make an arrest bar a First Amendment retaliatory arrest claim? See “Justices to decide if retaliatory arrest suit is barred” Reichle v. Howards, No. 11-262. Certiorari granted:  Dec. 5, 2011. Ruling below: 634 ...

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