June 21st - Part I - This Week at the United States Supreme Court

Supreme Podcast show

Summary: This week the Court issued eight opinions and granted certiorari to one new case. In Part I of our broadcast this week we review the following cases: Williams v. Ilinois, wherein the Court considers whether the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause requires live in-Court testimony by a lab technician responsible for a DNA test when the prosecution called an expert witness who relied on the DNA test to reach a conclusion that the defendant’s DNA matched the DNA of the perpetrator of a rape; Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, which considers whether a neighbor of a Michigan Indian tribe can pursue his case against the federal government and a Michigan Indian tribe to stop the use of tribal trust land for an Indian casino. Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter, considers whether the federal government has to make full contractual payments to Indian tribes, even when Congress does not make a large enough appropriation to cover all Indian tribal contracts; Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., wherein the Court was asked to decide whether pharmaceutical sales representatives are entitled to overtime pay when they work over forty hours per week. GRANTS OF CERTIORARI (click on case name to download lower court decision) Smith v. United States (D.C. Circuit) OPINIONS (click to download) Williams v. Illinois (10-8505) Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. (11-204) Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter (11-551) Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak (11-246) FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. (10-1293) Dorsey v. United States (11-5683) Knox v. Service Employees (10-1121) Southern Union Co. v. United States (11-94) DISSENT FROM DENIAL OF CERTIORARI Fairey v. Tucker (Sotomayor)