The October SCOTUS oral argument scheduled for October 2009 has been released. There are several cases of potential interest to military justice practitioners.
Maryland v. Shatzer (08-680) — limits on police questioning after a suspect asks for a lawyer.
U.S. v. Stevens (08-769) — government power to criminalize videos and other depictions of animal cruelty. This is of especial interest because of the recent military case of a soldier involved in animal cruelty and potential recommendations of the Cox Commission for a specific offense under the UCMJ for animal cruelty.
McDaniel v. Brown (08-559) — standard for federal habeas review of strength of evidence.
Here is a comment from Crimeandconsequences blog.
A Ninth Circuit Stinker Goes to SCOTUS
Judicial opinions can be roughly classified into three categories: the good, the bad, and the putrid. One of the latter from the Ninth Circuit will go before the Supreme Court next term. The "top side" amicus briefs, including ours, were filed last week in McDaniel v. Brown, No. 08-559, reviewing the Ninth’s decision in Brown v. Farwell, 525 F.3d 787 (2008).
Padilla v. Kentucky (08-651) — effect of defense lawyer’s wrong advice on consequences of a guilty plea. This may have some impact on Denedo, if that case is still around.