Friday Morning Docket: Court readies to hear last arguments of term

The warm days make it feel almost like summer, but school’s not out yet for lawmakers in Congress, who will have a busy week next week taking up legislation including the bill that would restart the statute of limitations for equal pay claims with the issuance of each paycheck – a bill that responds to the Supreme Court’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

The justices of the Supreme Court will hold a conference today, and I’ll post updates about any newsworthy orders that may emerge this afternoon.

Meanwhile, next week the Court holds its last week of oral arguments this term.

The week kicks off with arguments in Sprint Communications v. APCC Services Monday morning, a case considering whether a plaintiff assigned the right to pursue a legal claim has established standing under Article III, even though the plaintiff will not recover any judgment.

Then the Court will hear attorneys in Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, which considers whether the decision in Village of Willowbrook v. Olech allows so-called “class of one” equal protection claims against government bodies in the context of employment discrimination.

Tuesday the Court will hear Davis v. Federal Election Commission, a case seeking to determine whether the Millionaire’s Amendment to the 2002 campaign finance law, which raises the contribution limit for those running against a self-financed candidate, violate free speech clause of the First Amendment and the equal protection principle of the Fifth Amendment.

Then in Giles v. California, the Court will hear arguments on whether, under the Confrontation Clause, a defendant who admitted killing his ex-girlfriend forfeit his right to confront her about her statements on a previous domestic incident.

On Wednesday, in Metlife v. Glenn, the Court considers whether insurance carriers have the right to represent to a court that an individual is disabled when the insurance carrier separately determines for other purposes that the individual is in fact not disabled.

And finally, the Court will hear arguments in Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Lab, the Court will consider whether the burden of proving whether the reasonableness of adverse employment decisions occurring as part of a claim for age discrimination under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act rests with the employee or the employer.

Meanwhile,

Even as he voted in support of keeping Kentucky’s lethal injection death penalty method, Justice John Paul Stevens renounced capital punishment, The New York Times’ Linda Greenhouse wrote. (NYT)

President Bush is pushing for a national goal of halting the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 – a voluntary target – mostly by curbing power plant pollution. (WaPo)

The head of the union that represents 6,000 federal food inspectors told a congressional committee Thursday that the Agriculture Department tried to intimidate him and other employees who reported violations of regulations, an allegation denied by the agency. (AP)

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