l Wednesday: Poses questions about the First Amendment's protection of free speech vs. privacy rights. The court will examine protests by the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas and its leader, the Rev. Fred W. Phelps, at military funerals. Albert Snyder sued the church after its 2006 protest in northern Maryland at the funeral of his son Matthew. A jury awarded Snyder millions of dollars, finding the protest constituted intentional infliction of emotional distress, but an appeals court said the group's protests were protected speech.
Others of note..
Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting
l Dec. 8: One of Arizona's attempts to crack down on illegal immigrants allows the state to yank the licenses of employers who hire undocumented workers. Business groups, civil rights organizations and the federal government say a state does not have the authority to implement immigration law.
Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn; Garriott v. Winn
l Nov. 13: An Arizona law allows residents to designate a portion of the taxes they owe to "school tuition organizations" that provide scholarships, most of which have gone to students at religious schools. Those challenging the law say that violates the separation of church and state.
Schwarzenegger v. EntertainmentMerchants Association
l Nov. 2: California is the latest state attempting to prevent the sale of "violent" video games to minors. An appeals court said, similar to decisions of courts elsewhere, that the law violates First Amendment free-speech rights