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And then there were 10. The Supreme Court moves into the final week of its 2002-03 term on June 23. Twin red-hots — one testing state university affirmative action, the other a major gay rights case out of Texas — are among the remaining cases. Summaries of all remaining cases follow. United States, et al. v. American Library Association, et al., No. 02-361. Whether the Children’s Internet Protection Act violates the First Amendment by inducing public libraries to install Internet-filtering software blocking information that is “harmful to minors.” Wiggins v. Smith, et al., No. 02-311. Whether defense counsel rendered ineffective assistance in violation of the Sixth Amendment by not conducting background investigations and presenting possible mitigating evidence at a capital sentencing hearing, due to the lawyer’s belief that to do either would undercut the defense strategy of raising doubt about the defendant’s guilt. Lawrence, et al. v. Texas, No. 02-102. Whether defendants’ criminal convictions under Texas’ “homosexual conduct” law — which criminalizes sexual acts by same-sex couples — violate equal protection and due process under the 14th Amendment. Stogner v. California, No. 01-1757. Whether a California statute that retroactively changes the statute of limitations and, thus, revives a previously expired cause of action in a criminal case violates the ex post facto and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Grutter v. Bollinger, et al., No. 02-241. Whether the University of Michigan Law School’s use of racial preferences in student admissions violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and federal anti-discrimination statutes; whether an appellate court that is required to apply strict scrutiny to governmental race-based preferences should review district court findings de novo when the factual issues are constitutional in nature. Gratz, et al. v. Bollinger, et al., No. 02-516. Whether the University of Michigan’s use of racial preferences in undergraduate admissions violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and federal anti-discrimination statutes. Green Tree Financial Corp. v. Bazzle, et al., No. 02-634. Whether, under the Federal Arbitration Act, classwide arbitration is permissible when the arbitration agreement is silent regarding class actions. American Insurance Association, et al. v. Garamendi, No. 02-722. Whether California’s Holocaust Victim Insurance Relief Act can constitutionally require an insurance company licensed to do business in California to disclose information related to an insurance claim even though that information may be in the hands of a related entity located in a foreign country. Nike Inc., et al. v. Kasky, No. 02-575. Whether the First Amendment protects a corporation from liability for factual inaccuracies in letters and statements addressed to the general public in response to allegations of misconduct on the part of the corporation. Georgia v. Ashcroft, et al., No. 02-182. Whether a Georgia state Senate redistricting plan has the purpose and/or effect of abridging the right to vote on account of race or color.

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