Sunday, November 03, 2002
Supreme Court predictions for this week
To recap the Supreme Court predictions for this week:
In Pierce Cty. v. Guillen, the case about the discoverability and admissibility of road-safety records discussed here, the Court will REVERSE.
In Sattazahn v. PA, the case about whether the prosecution should have been allowed a second attempt to impose the death penalty, discussed here, the Court will also REVERSE, but my level of confidence in this prediction is not high.
In the two cases on the constitutionality of California's 3-strikes law, discussed here, the Court will rule against the defendant and for the State in both cases. That means AFFIRM in Ewing and REVERSE in Andrade.
In Norfolk & Western v. Ayers, the FELA case about asbestos liability discussed here, the Court will REVERSE.
Finally, in Abdur'Rahman v. Bell, the case about Rule 60(b) and habeas corpus discussed here, the Court will REVERSE. Between this and Sattazahn, I'm placing a big bet on Justice O'Connor (and maybe Justice Kennedy too) in death penalty cases this week. One final note: I am reliably informed that, contrary to my earlier impression, Tom Goldstein won't be arguing Abdur'Rahman, but instead his cocounsel will have at it.
posted by sam 7:00 AM
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