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On the Docket
A Supreme Court Preview
Last Featured: 10/15/2007

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The Supreme Court opened its doors for new cases on October 1st. The Justices will tackle voter identification, lethal injection, sentencing laws and age discrimination. And the debate over the rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay returns to the high court. Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we take a look at the coming term--the cases on the docket, the climate in the courtroom, and what it will all mean for you.

This Year's Court
Host Margot Adler is joined by court reporter Joan Biskupic to discuss the climate of this year's Supreme Court and the cases to watch.

Joan Biskupic is the Supreme Court reporter for USA Today. She is also the author of Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice and is currently working on a book about Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Debate: Guantanamo Bay
Host Margot Adler is joined by lawyers Neal Katyal and Bradford Berenson to discuss the two upcoming Supreme Court cases dealing with detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Should the detainees have a right to habeas corpus?

Neal K. Katyal is a professor of law at Georgetown University. In 2006 he argued and won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the United States Supreme Court, a case that challenged the policy of military trials at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba. Katyal previously served as national security adviser in the U.S. Justice Department.

Bradford Berenson is an attorney in Washington, D.C. He served as associate counsel to President Bush from 2001-2003, in which capacity he worked on many legal and policy issues, including authorization of the use of military commissions, detainee and anti-terrorism litigation, presidential action against terrorist financing, and the creation of the new Department of Homeland Security. He also contributed to judicial selection, responses to congressional oversight and investigations, and the USA Patriot Act.

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Life Tenure on the Court
Law professor James Lindgren talks with host Margot Adler about term limits for Supreme Court Justices.

James Lindgren is a professor of law at Northwestern University. He is a leading scholar in the growing movement of New Legal Empiricists. His Wall Street Journal op-ed on life tenure is available here.

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Justice Clarence Thomas
Journalist Kevin Merida joins host Margot Adler to discuss Clarence Thomas' new memoir and what we know about the Justice's personality.

Kevin Merida is co-author with Michael A. Fletcher of Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas. Merida is an associate editor of The Washington Post and has been writing about politics and government for more than 25 years.

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The Makeup of the Court
Author Jeffrey Toobin shares some stories from his new book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker and CNN’s senior legal analyst. His other books include "Too Close to Call," "A Vast Conspiracy," and "The Run of His Life."

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Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (previous Guantanamo case)
Rasul v. Bush (previous Guantanamo case)
Military Commissions Act of 2006
Detainee Treatment Act of 2005
Supreme Court of the United States
American Bar Association - Supreme Court Preview
American Constitution Society - Supreme Court Preview
The Online Newshour - Supreme Court Watch
PrawfsBlawg - Supreme Court Preview
My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir
by Clarence Thomas
Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
by Jan Crawford Greenburg
The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America
by Jeffrey Rosen
Highlights of the Supreme Court Term
Presidential Signing Statements
The Roberts Court