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Sara Mayeux

SCOTUS Cases to Watch in the Upcoming Term

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So far, the upcoming Supreme Court term looks to have a few interesting prisoners’ rights cases in the pipeline, including those listed below. I’ll alert readers again when the oral arguments are coming up. In the meantime, all the basic info and briefing for each case are easily available thanks to the folks over at (the newly redesigned) SCOTUSblog:

  • Skinner v. Switzer — Can a convicted prisoner seeking access to biological evidence for DNA testing raise this claim through a Section 1983 lawsuit, or must he raise it on a habeas petition?
  • Sossamon v. Texas — Are states and state officials subject to suit for violations of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)?
  • Schwarzenegger v. Plata — The next round in the ongoing class action litigation over overcrowding in the California prison system.

Written by sara

September 8, 2010 at 7:43 am

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