U.S. Supreme Court
Several Potential Blockbuster Cases Await Supreme Court Decision
Posted Jun 12, 2012 1:59 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A challenge to the Obama administration’s health care law isn’t the only potential blockbuster case awaiting decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
• FCC v. Fox Television Stations. At issue is whether indecency standards regulating on-air networks are unconstitutionally vague and violate the First Amendment.
• Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs. At issue is whether life-without-parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder violate the ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
• United States v. Alvarez. At issue is the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to lie about earning a military medal.
• Arizona v. United States. At issue is whether an Arizona immigration law is pre-empted by federal law. Among the contested Arizona provisions is a requirement for state and local police to check the immigration status of people who are stopped, if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the United States illegally.