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US Supreme Court opens 2008 term

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began its 2008 term [calendar, PDF], in which it has agreed to hear cases involving pre-emption of state law, the separation of church and state, and broadcast indecency, among other issues. The Court began hearing oral arguments Monday with Altria Group v. Good (07-562) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], presenting the question of whether the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act bars state lawsuits based on allegedly deceptive cigarette advertising.

Other prominent cases on the court's docket so far include:

The New York Times has more.

Before hearing oral arguments Monday, the Court issued an 82-page order list [PDF text] in which it took on no new cases. It summarily disposed of seven cases, dismissing two appeals for lack of jurisdiction and granting certiorari in five cases that it remanded to lower courts for consideration in light of decisions from last term. The court took no action in two capital cases: Davis v. Georgia (08-66) and Kelly v. California (07-11073) [dockets]. Last week, the Court announced [JURIST report] that it had agreed to add 10 cases to its docket. Of those, seven implicate issues of criminal law and two deal with the rights of Native peoples, while a consolidated case involves liability for remediation of hazardous waste sites.

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