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Several Potential Blockbuster Cases Await Supreme Court Decision

Posted Jun 12, 2012 1:59 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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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.

In the words of the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the Supreme Court “saves the best for last.” The story lists these remaining cases, including a couple First Amendment disputes:

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.

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