The Supreme Court added on Friday five other cases in his file. Each of the five cases will likely be argued during the court’s argument session in April.
Kennedy v. Bremerton School District deals with whether a public school football coach who utters a brief, quiet, but highly visible midfield prayer after a football game engages in speech that does not enjoy First Amendment protection due to issues related to the establishment clause.
Vega vs Tekoh deals with whether an officer can be prosecuted for failing to provide Miranda warnings. The Ninth Circuit issued a 5-4 decision, finding that officers can face civil penalties for failing to inform a suspect of his right to silence and to counsel.
Nance v. Ward raises the question of whether a prisoner can be executed by means that are not authorized by law when the authorized means of execution, lethal injection, is potentially unconstitutional. Prisoner and petitioner Michael Nance has severely compromised veins and other underlying conditions which could make the injection extremely painful and risky. In such a challenge, the inmate must choose an alternative method that is feasible and available. Lethal injection is the only method of execution allowed in the state of Georgia.
George v. McDonough discusses the impact of an agency’s invalid interpretation on a veteran’s claim for benefits.
Finally, Shoop vs. Twyford concerns the interplay of the All Writs Act and a habeas statute in determining whether an inmate is entitled to hospital transportation for a brain scan that he or she believes is relevant to their habeas case.