The Supreme Court’'s December sitting will run from Monday, November 26 to Wednesday, December 5.
Issue(s): Whether the 1866 territorial boundaries of the Creek Nation within the former Indian Territory of eastern Oklahoma constitute an “Indian reservation” today under 18 U.S.C. § 1151(a).
This case is of grave importance to the State of Oklahoma and to everybody residing in the Eastern portions of that State, including the entire City of Tulsa. A decision in favor of Respondent Murphy would essentially hand half the State of Oklahoma back to the Indians, as well as dumping a massive **** load of cases from State courts into Federal courts. This is a case where Congressional INTENT is painfully clear, but the plain language of their statutes is not.
Frankly, I could not imagine that the Supreme Court would rule for Respondent, but stranger things have happened.
Issue(s): Whether the Eighth Amendment’s excessive fines clause is incorporated against the states under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Just as it says, a 14th Amendment “incorporation” case. I would think the Supreme Court would rule in favor of the idea that the clause is indeed “incorporated” against the States.
Issue(s): Whether the Supreme Court should overrule the “separate sovereigns” exception to the double jeopardy clause.
Again, very straightforward. I think and hope the Supreme Court will indeed eliminate the “separate sovereigns” exception to the double jeopardy clause.