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US Supreme Court to hear foreigner rights, workmen's compensation cases

[JURIST] In addition to considering the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [PDF certiorari petition] case involving Guantanamo tribunals [JURIST report], the US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari in three other cases. In Bustillo v. Johnson, the Court will consider the appeal of Honduran national Mario Bustillo who was convicted of killing a Virginia teenager with a baseball bat. Bustillo was never told of his right to seek legal aid from the Honduran consulate, and his lawyers claim that the denial of consular assistance was highly prejudicial. The case has been consolidated with Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, and the Court will consider whether the Vienna Convention on Consular Rights [text] conveys individual rights enforceable in US courts, whether a state's failure to notify a defendant of his rights under the convention should result in the suppression of statements to the police, and whether states may refuse to consider violations of consular notification provisions. In its final grant [SCOTUSblog report], the Court took on a case testing how workmen's compensation is treated in bankruptcy cases. Federal circuit courts have been divided over whether a claim for unpaid premiums due on a workmen's compensation liability insurance policy should be given priority-debt status. AP has more. Read the Court's full Order List [PDF text].

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