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2008-09 Supreme Court case tracker
By First Amendment Center Online staff

Case Lower court Cert. granted Oral arguments scheduled Ruling Vote
Locke
v.
Karass
1st Circuit Feb. 19, 2008

News
Oct. 6, 2008

Analysis
Jan. 21, 2009

News

Analysis
9-0
FCC
v.
Fox Television Stations
2nd Circuit March 17, 2008

News
Nov. 4, 2008

News
April 28, 2009

News
5-4
Ysursa
v.
Pocatello Education Association
9th Circuit March 31, 2008

News

Analysis
Nov. 3, 2008

Analysis
Feb. 24, 2009

News

Analysis
6-3
Pleasant Grove City
v.
Summum
10th Circuit March 31, 2008

News

Analysis
Nov. 12, 2008

Analysis
Feb. 25, 2009

News

Analysis
9-0
Citizens United
v.
FEC
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Nov. 14, 2008

News

Analysis
March 24, 2009

News

Analysis

To be reheard on Sept. 9, 2009

News

Analysis
   
Ashcroft
v.
Iqbal
2nd Circuit June 16, 2008

News
Dec. 10, 2008 May 18, 2009

News
5-4
Salazar
v.
Buono
9th Circuit Feb. 23, 2009

News

Analysis
     
U.S
v.
Stevens
3rd Circuit April 20, 2009

News

Analysis
     



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FCC v. Fox draws intense interest
By Tony Mauro Administrative-law case expected to veer quickly into free-speech realm; see excerpts of briefs. 11.03.08



Ysursa puts Roberts' stamp on union-fees debate
By Tony Mauro Chief justice's opinion finds no state infringement on unions’ speech, therefore no need to apply strict scrutiny to Idaho statute. 02.25.09

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Anti-Hillary dispute to be re-heard
Justices want lawyers to address whether Court should overturn rulings limiting corporate, union election donations. 06.29.09



Anti-porn law dies quietly in Supreme Court
Federal law known as COPA, intended to protect children from sexual material online, was passed in 1998 but never took effect. 01.21.09



Court again struggles with First Amendment doctrines
By Tony Mauro As justices hear Summum case, they question own precedents for second time this month. 11.13.08


Court cuts speech issue out of Summum case
By Tony Mauro Some justices, experts express concern that establishment clause may creep back into future litigation on monuments. 02.26.09



Court focuses skeptical eye on McCain-Feingold
By Tony Mauro Talk of book-banning during arguments on anti-Clinton movie appears to damage government case. 03.25.09



Court hears dispute over 'Hillary' movie
One justice warns that future of campaign-finance laws could ride on decision as to whether film is journalism or political attack ad. 03.24.09



Court leaves FCC 'fleeting expletives' rules in place
Justices tell lower court to determine if policy is in line with First Amendment. 04.28.09



Delay in 'Hillary' case scares campaign reformists
By Tony Mauro Others would welcome allowing corporations to contribute directly to campaigns. Plus Souter symposium 06.30.09



FCC appeals Janet Jackson case to Supreme Court
Agency says 3rd Circuit incorrectly applied rule regarding fleeting expletives when it threw out $550,000 fine against CBS for singer's breast-baring performance at 2004 Super Bowl. 11.24.08




FCC's 'fleeting expletives' policy in place for now
By Tony Mauro 2nd Circuit to conduct free-speech review. 04.29.09



Few First Amendment cases this term, but ...
By Tony Mauro Significant disputes involving campaign finance, religious displays and animal cruelty depictions slated for fall. 07.06.09

High court agrees to hear judicial-ethics case
Justices to examine case of West Virginia Supreme Court justice who voted twice in favor of company run by key campaign supporter. 11.17.08



High court to 3rd Circuit: Reconsider wardrobe-malfunction case
Appeals court last year threw out $550,000 fine that FCC had imposed on CBS for 2004 Super Bowl flap involving Janet Jackson. 05.04.09


High court to weigh dispute over Mojave cross
By Tony Mauro Case will test attitude of new Roberts Court on how to resolve thorny establishment-clause questions. 02.24.09



High court turns away 2 abortion-related cases
Justices for third time won't hear appeal in 'wanted' posters case; 'Choose Life' plates get boost when appeal from Arizona officials is refused. 10.06.08


High court won't hear challenge to 'don't ask, don't tell'
Justices refuse to review 1st Circuit ruling dismissing veterans' claim that policy denies gays' constitutional rights to privacy, free speech and equal protection. 06.09.09


High court won't hear challenge to sealed case
Legal newspaper publisher — backed by press advocate, 29 media groups — had sought access to case involving woman who claimed employer fired her because she had abortion. 11.11.08


High court won't take up Bible club dispute
Justices refuse to review 9th Circuit ruling that allowed Washington state school district to block group of Christian students from forming official campus club. 06.29.09



High court: Former Sept. 11 detainee can't sue Ashcroft, Mueller
Pakistani Muslim had argued that top officials were responsible for policy of confining detainees in highly restrictive conditions because of religious beliefs or race. 05.18.09


High court: Idaho can stop unions' political deductions
Ruling in Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Association holds that 'Idaho's law does not restrict political speech, but rather declines to promote that speech.' 02.24.09


High court: Utah town can bar religious marker from city park
Unanimous ruling rejects argument that Pleasant Grove must accept Summum display because it allowed other private groups to donate monuments. 02.25.09



Judges must avoid appearance of bias, Supreme Court rules
In 5-4 decision, majority says West Virginia high court justice should have recused himself from lawsuit filed against company run by the most generous supporter of his election. 06.08.09


Justices allow lawsuits over 'light' cigarettes
In 5-4 split, high court rules smokers may use state consumer-protection laws to sue cigarette tobacco industry for way it promotes 'light' and 'low tar' brands. 12.15.08



Justices keep Mo. funeral-protest law on hold
Supreme Court refuses to hear state's appeal of 8th Circuit order that bars enforcement of statute while federal judge considers whether it is constitutional. 06.29.09


Justices question doctrines at heart of union-fees case
By Tony Mauro Viewpoint discrimination, public forum come under questioning at high court in Ysursa case concerning political use of payroll deductions in Idaho. 11.04.08



On-air expletives, Utah monument cases lead lineup
By Tony Mauro Fox TV's challenge of FCC policy will be closely watched, as will 'Summum Aphorisms' case. 10.02.08

Skepticism greets non-union fees case
By Tony Mauro Several justices seem unimpressed by non-union members' First Amendment claim in Locke v. Karass. 10.07.08


Supreme Court stays out of Miami book-banning dispute
High court lets stand ruling by 11th Circuit, which found that school district wouldn't be infringing on free speech because book presents inaccurate view of life in Cuba. 11.16.09



Supreme Court steers clear of Ariz. ski-resort dispute with tribes
Six Indian nations had argued that using treated wastewater to make artificial snow on sacred peaks violates their religious liberty. 06.08.09


Unanimous Court sides with union in legal-fees case
Justices agree Maine public employees' union can force non-union government workers to help pay for national litigation. 01.21.09



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