The Supreme Court this morning issued three opinions and granted review in seven new cases, but if you were hoping for final-week blockbusters, you'll have to wait until Wednesday. That's when the Court next takes the bench, according to Marshal Pamela Talkin as she gaveled today's brief session to a close. With seven cases left to hand down, it's likely but not certain that the Court will sit one other day this week in addition to Wednesday. The Court does not usually issue more than five or six decisions per sitting.
The decisions today were Sprint Communications Co. v. APCC Services Inc., a 5-4 decision in a telecom dispute that Justice Stephen Breyer accurately described as a "very complicated case" as he summarized it from the bench. Then came Greenlaw v. United States, in which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for a 6-3 majority, said appeals courts "play a reactive role" and therefore cannot increase a defendant's sentence on their own motion without the government asking for an increase. Finally came Rothgery v. Gillespie County, Texas, the latest in a series of high court decisions frowning on the unusual procedures of Texas criminal courts. Justice David Souter wrote for eight justices that a defendant's right to counsel kicks in when he or she appears before a judge whether or not the prosecutor is also present at the proceeding.
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