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Grants of Certiorari

SENTENCING

Does the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduces the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine offenses, apply to all defendants sentenced after the statute’s enactment, even if the offense occurred before that date? See “Does Fair Sentencing Act apply ...

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EVIDENCE – HARMLESS ERROR

Was it harmless error when a court looked at the totality of the evidence introduced against the defendant at trial and not at the effect of the possible error of admitting the challenged evidence, including the impact it may have ...

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CRIMINAL

Are criminal fines subject to the constitutional requirement that a jury decide sentencing factors that increase a penalty beyond the prescribed statutory maximum? See “Justices to decide whether ‘Apprendi’ applies to criminal fines” Southern Union Company v. U.S., No. 11-94. ...

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FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT

Should federal courts give deference to the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s outside sales exemption to make pharmaceutical sales representatives eligible for overtime? See “Justices to decide whether pharmaceutical reps entitled to overtime” Christopher ...

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SOCIAL SECURITY

Are children conceived after the death of a biological parent eligible for Social Security survivor benefits when state law denies them the right to an inheritance? See “Justices to decide effect of posthumous conception on benefits” Astrue v. Capato, No. ...

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TAXATION

Does the Equal Protection Clause preclude a local taxing authority from refusing to refund payments made by those who have paid their assessments in full, while forgiving the obligations of identically situated taxpayers who chose to pay over a multi-year ...

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