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2007-08 Supreme Court case tracker
By First Amendment Center Online staff

Case Lower court Cert. granted Oral arguments scheduled Ruling Vote
New York State Board of Elections
v.
Lopez Torres
2nd Circuit Feb. 20, 2007

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Oct. 3, 2007

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Jan. 16, 2008

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9-0
Washington
v.
Washington State Republican Party


(consol. w/ Washington State Grange v. Washington State Republican Party)
9th Circuit Feb. 26, 2007

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Oct. 1, 2007

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March 18, 2008

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7-2
U.S.
v.
Williams
11th Circuit March 26, 2007

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Oct. 30, 2007

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May 19, 2008

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7-2
Crawford
v.
Marion County Election Board


(consol. w/ Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita)
7th Circuit Sept. 25, 2007 Jan. 9, 2008

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April 28, 2008

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6-3
Davis
v.
FEC
D.C. Circuit Jan. 11, 2008

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April 22, 2008

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June 26, 2008

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5-4
Ali
v.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
11th Circuit May 29, 2007 Oct. 29, 2007

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Jan. 22, 2008

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5-4
Chamber of Commerce
v.
Brown
9th Circuit Nov. 20, 2007

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March 19, 2008

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June 19, 2008

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7-2
Taylor
v.
Sturgell
D.C. Circuit Jan. 11, 2008
April 16, 2008 June 12, 2008

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9-0
Locke
v.
Karass
1st Circuit Feb. 19, 2008

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Oct. 6, 2008    
FCC
v.
Fox Television Stations
2nd Circuit March 17, 2008

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Ysursa
v.
Pocatello Education Association
9th Circuit March 31, 2008

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Pleasant Grove City
v.
Summum
10th Circuit March 31, 2008

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'Millionaire' case: new look at campaign finance
By Tony Mauro Appellant argues that allowing opponents of self-financed candidates to receive larger campaign contributions encourages corruption. 01.14.08



Davis: Leveling rich candidates' speech unjustified
By Tony Mauro Court now has solid majority of five justices who are hostile to campaign-finance reform on First Amendment grounds. 06.30.08



Williams may be term's most far-reaching speech ruling
By Tony Mauro Child-porn case appears to expand range of speech that falls outside of First Amendment protection. 07.07.08


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Court backs N.Y. judicial-election system despite concerns
By Tony Mauro While agreeing that method of selecting judges is constitutional, some justices criticize state's practice. 01.17.08


Court continues trend of protecting business free speech
By Tony Mauro Majority finds California law violates 'Congress' express protection of free debate' concerning unionization. 06.20.08


Court grills both sides in 'millionaire' case
By Tony Mauro Justices' tough questions remind spectators that this is different high court from one that upheld campaign-finance law in 2003. 04.23.08



Court may have found child-porn law it can support
By Tony Mauro Idea of limiting interpretation of 2003 PROTECT Act so it won’t be overly broad seems to take hold among justices. 10.31.07



Court opens term with First Amendment case
2007-08 Supreme Court term preview by Tony Mauro Justices to decide three election- or voting-related cases, consider appeal from government on Internet law. 10.01.07


Court strikes down 'millionaire's amendment'
Justices split 5-4; majority finds campaign-finance law violates the First Amendment. 06.26.08



Court upholds N.Y. system of choosing trial judges
'A political party has a First Amendment right to limit its membership as it wishes,' Justice Scalia writes in unanimous ruling. 01.16.08


Court upholds Wash. 'top 2' primaries
In dissent, Justice Scalia says system could cause a political party to be associated with candidates who may not represent its views. 03.18.08



High court agrees to consider religious-monument dispute
Utah city has asked justices to overturn 10th Circuit decision that sided with group trying to get its 'Seven Aphorisms' displayed in municipal park. 03.31.08


High court appears split over challenge to Ind. voter-ID law
During oral argument, conservative justices express skepticism that voters are unduly burdened, while liberals question state's anti-fraud efforts. 01.10.08


High court rejects limits on FOIA lawsuits
Unanimous decision finds vintage-airplane buff can sue for same documents sought by another hobbyist. 06.12.08


High court seems wary of tossing N.Y. judicial-selection system
During oral arguments, justices say state's method of letting political bosses essentially pick trial judges doesn't appear to violate Constitution. 10.04.07


High court strikes down Calif. union-organizing law
Justices vote 7-2 that federal labor law bars state from regulating union-related activities. 06.19.08


High court upholds part of child-porn law
Justices vote 7-2, rejecting concerns that PROTECT Act could apply to mainstream movies depicting adolescent sex. 05.19.08


High court: Ind. can require photo ID from voters
State 'is amply justified by the valid interest in protecting "the integrity and reliability of the electoral process," ' Justice Stevens writes for 6-3 majority. 04.28.08


Justices decline to hear Calif. church's bid to meet in library
9th Circuit had ruled that public libraries can block religious groups from worshipping in public meeting rooms. 10.01.07



Justices dissect 'millionaire's amendment'
High court's conservatives appear divided over campaign-finance law allowing candidates to receive larger contributions when wealthy opponents spend heavily from personal fortunes. 04.22.08



Justices step into dispute over union's use of nonmembers' dues
High court agrees to decide whether fees paid by non-union workers in Maine can be used to finance labor organization's court battles in other states. 02.19.08


Justices won't take up dispute over Texas Bible monument
Harris County officials had asked high court to vacate lower court ruling that courthouse display featuring King James Version of Bible violated establishment clause. 11.27.07



Majority: Give Wash. 'top 2' primaries a chance to work
By Tony Mauro Justice Thomas suggests that if problems arise once system begins, an 'as-applied' challenge can be launched. 03.19.08


Public forums at heart of 2 cases
By Tony Mauro After backing Texas' commandments display, justices to consider Summum aphorisms for Utah park; other case involves unions’ political payroll deductions. 04.01.08



Supreme Court hears arguments on Wash. 'top 2' primary system
Several justices appear wary of voter-approved law, which has twice been struck down by lower courts. 10.02.07



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