The Supreme Court doesn’t hear oral arguments this week, but still met this morning for a non-argument session where the justices granted cert in Cuellar v. U.S., No. 06-1456. In that case the Court will consider whether merely hiding funds – in this case, concealing them in a hidden compartment in a car destined for Mexico – with no design to create the appearance of legitimate wealth is sufficient to support a money laundering conviction.
Meanwhile, as the Senate returns to session after a weeklong break, folks here are gearing up for Wednesday’s confirmation hearings kick off. In the hot seat will be Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s nominee to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General. Though Mukasey has support from some members of the Judiciary Committee, he is still expected to face tough questioning. One topic sure to come up will be secret warrants Mukasey approved while he was Manhattan’s chief federal trial court judge allowing Muslims to be round up and questioned after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
No word yet if outspoken Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Edward Kennedy, who underwent surgery Friday to clear a blockage in a major neck artery, will be present. He was released from a Boston hospital Saturday and was recuperating at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass.
UPDATE: Kennedy’s spokesperson said he will not attend the confirmation hearing Wednesday.