If you take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court's calendar for January, you may notice a few cases that are of particular interest to you.
From gun ownership rights to presidential powers, the Court is slated to hear a wide variety of legal issues over five days of oral arguments this month.
Here are 10 Supreme Court cases to watch, in chronological order:
- National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (January 13). A hot political topic, this case will explore the president's power to make appointments during Senate recesses.
- Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (January 14). In this case, the question is whether one of the parties in a bankruptcy case can give bankruptcy judges the authority via consent to rule on issues that the Constitution doesn't give them power to rule on.
- United States v. Quality Stores (January 14).The IRS is certainly keeping a close eye on this case, which explores the taxation of severance payments and will clarify whether laid-off workers must pay Social Security and Medicare taxes.
- McCullen v. Coakley (January 15).This deeply emotional case will analyze the constitutionality of a Massachusetts law that bans anti-abortion protesters near clinics. With reproductive rights and free speech involved, this case on abortion clinic buffer zones will certainly stir emotions and public opinion.
- United States v. Castleman (January 15). This interesting sentencing case will clarify a federal law that prohibits gun possession by those convicted of a domestic violence offense.
- Harris v. Quinn (January 21). In this case, the question is whether a state can require personal-care providers to pay fees to a labor union to represent them before state agencies.
- Petrella v. Metro-Goldwin-Mayer (January 21). A relative of one of the writers for "Raging Bull" began the story of this case, which questions whether a copyright claim is barred by laches, an unreasonable delay in pursuing a claim.
- Navarette v. California (January 21). A big case for the Fourth Amendment and traffic stops, this case will explore reasonable suspicion and police authority to stop a vehicle based upon an anonymous tip of drunken or reckless driving.
- Paroline v. United States (January 22). Affecting victims like Masha Allen, this heart-wrenching case will analyze the ability of federal courts to order restitution as a remedy to victims of child pornography.
- Abramski v. United States (January 22). The question in this gun rights case: When you buy a gun with the intent to sell it to another lawful buyer, is that a violation of the federal law against "straw purchasers" of guns -- those who purchase guns as a proxy for someone else?
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