The Supreme Court issued an order list today granting review on ten cert. petitions. The so-called “long conference” was heavy with cases involving criminal law. Six petitions covering a range of issues from the Miranda rule to terrorism were granted. The order list can be viewed here

The long conference also advanced a case testing the scope of the Second Amendment. In McDonald, et al. v. City of Chicago, No. 08-1521, the Court will decide whether the Second Amendment applies to the States through the Due Process Clause or the long-thought dead Privileges and Immunities Clause. Alan Gura of Gura & Possessky, is the counsel of record. The petition and reply brief can be viewed here and here.

The Court also granted review in Henneford v. Castaneda, et al., 08-1547. At issue in Henneford is whether government medical employees are immune from civil rights suits filed against them. The petition argued that Congress specifically provided immunity under 42 U.S.C. § 233(a) for Public Health Service officials. The petition and reply brief can be viewed here and here. Our previous blog on Henneford can be viewed here.

A full listing of the petitions granted review can be found here at SCOTUS Blog.