SCOTUS – This weeks Opinions Posted Here – June 18-21, 2012

As we expected the Supreme Court will not publish the opinions on Health Care and the Arizona Law until it’s last work day of the month.  We are waiting on Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida , Nat’l Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius , Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services, and Arizona v. United States all of which will come on June 25, 2012 beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Today’s opinions ( June 21, 2012) are listed below (including Mondays opinions as well)

Note These electronic opinions may contain computer-generated errors or other deviations from the official printed slip opinion pamphlets. Moreover, a slip opinion is replaced within a few months by a paginated version of the case in the preliminary print, and–one year after the issuance of that print–by the final version of the case in a U. S. Reports bound volume. In case of discrepancies between the print and electronic versions of a slip opinion, the print version controls. In case of discrepancies between the slip opinion and any later official version of the opinion, the later version controls.

R- Date Docket Name J. Pt.
71 6/21/12 11-94 Southern Union Co. v. United States SS 567/1
70 6/21/12 10-1121 Knox v. Service Employees A 567/1
69 6/21/12 11-5683 Dorsey v. United States B 567/1
68 6/21/12 10-1293 FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. K 567/1
67 6/18/12 11-246 Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak EK 567/1
66 6/18/12 11-551 Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter SS 567/1
65 6/18/12 11-204 Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. A 567/1
64 6/18/12 10-8505 Williams v. Illinois A 567/1

via 2011 Term Opinions of the Court.

So what is left?  Health Care cases and Arizona Law

Plain English Issue: (1) Whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to require virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty; and (2) whether the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits taxpayers from filing a lawsuit to challenge a tax until the tax goes into effect and they are required to pay it, prohibits a challenge to the Act’s provision requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty until after the provision goes into effect in 2014.

Plain English Issue: (1) Whether Congress can require states to choose between complying with provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or losing federal funding for the Medicaid program; and (2) whether, if the Court concludes that the provision of the Act requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional, the rest of the Act can remain in effect or must also be invalidated.

Plain English Issue: (1) Whether Congress can require states to choose between complying with provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or losing federal funding for the Medicaid program; and (2) whether, if the Court concludes that the provision of the Act requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional, the rest of the Act can remain in effect or must also be invalidated.

Dorsey v. United States and Hill v. United States (consolidated)

Argued on April 17, 2012

Plain English Issue: Whether the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced the sentences for defendants who are convicted of crack cocaine offenses, applies to defendants who were convicted before the Act went into effect but sentenced after it.

Arizona v. United States

Argued on April 25, 2012

Plain English Issue: Whether an Arizona law that, among other things, requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone whom they arrest, allows police to stop and arrest anyone whom they believe to be an illegal immigrant, makes it a crime for someone to be in the state without valid immigration papers, and makes it a crime to apply for or hold a job in Arizona without proper papers, is invalid because it is trumped by federal immigration laws.

Via SCOTUS Blog

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