Saturday, October 3, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Begins New Term

The United States Supreme Court begins its new Term on Monday, October 5. Adding to the interest a new Term of the Court usually brings is Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appearance on the bench.

During the month of October the Court will hear oral argument in 13 cases. The first oral argument of the Term is a case of original jurisdiction, South Carolina v. North Carolina, in which the two states are seeking an equitable apportionment of an interstate river. The second case to be argued on Monday, Maryland v. Shatzer, relates to police interrogation under MIranda v. Arizona, and has attracted amicus briefs from 37 states.

The third case of day, Mohawk Industries, Inc. v. Carpenter, raises the question of whether there can be an immediate appeal of an order of a United States District Court finding a waiver of the attorney-client privilege and directing the production of privileged documents.

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