New U.S. Supreme Court term top heavy with 9th Circuit cases



Associate Justice Elena Kagan joined the Supreme Court of the United States for its latest term that began Monday. For the first time in history, the nine-justice high court features three women. (AP photo)
The new term of the Supreme Court of the United States latest began Monday with three women on the nine-justice court, a historic first, as Elena Kagan joined Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

According to the ABA Journal, the term has a decidedly "9th Circuit flavor" as cases from the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the nation's most liberal with a jurisdiction that includes most western states, including Nevada, has a third of the cases.

This lion's share undoubtedly is due to the fact that the San Francisco-based federal appeals court is also the most reversed in the country.

Quoting the Daily Journal in this story, the American Bar Association website notes an even dozen decisions by the 9th Circuit were reversed last year. Appellate attorneys like the odds those numbers represent and are emboldened to file.

Three of the more interesting cases to keep an eye on are:

• Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers Association. At issue is the constitutionality of a California law restricting the sale of violent video games to minors.

• Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting. At issue is whether an Arizona law requiring immigration checks of workers is pre-empted by federal law.

• Harrington v. Richter. At issue is whether federal courts should give deference to a state appeals court's final judgment if it denies habeas review in a summary decision.