Supreme Court petitions to watch

Here, courtesy of SCOTUSBlog are several pending petitions of interest.

Docket: 08-833
Title: Oliver v. Quarterman
Issue:  Does juror consultation of the Bible during sentencing deliberations  deprive a defendant of Sixth Amendment rights and what standard of proof should apply in evaluating the possible prejudice to the defendant?

  • Opinion below (5th Circuit)
  • Petition for certiorari
  • Brief in opposition
  • Petitioner’s reply brief
  • Brief amicus curiae of former federal and state prosecutors (in support of petitioner)

Docket: 08-769
Title: United States v. Stevens
Issue: Is
18 U.S.C. 48, on depictions of  animal cruelty, facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment?

  • Opinion below (3rd Circuit)
  • Petition for certiorari
  • Brief in opposition
  • Petitioner’s reply brief
  • Brief amicus curiae of the Humane Society (in support of petitioner)