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WASHINGTON — Below are cases coming before the Supreme Court in the coming weeks and the lawyers who will argue them. TODAY Ralph Howard Blakely Jr. v. State of Washington No. 02-1632 Certiorari to the Washington Court of Appeals. Question presented: Whether a judge, rather than a jury, may increase a suggested sentence as long as the sentence does not exceed the statutory maximum. In the case, a Washington judge tacked an additional 37 months onto the sentence of a man who kidnapped his wife and hid her in a homemade coffin. For petitioner: Jeffrey Fisher, Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle. For respondent: John Knodell Jr., Grant County prosecuting attorney, prosecuting attorney’s office, Ephrata, Wash.; and Michael Dreeben, deputy solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (for United States, as amicus curiae). Aetna Health Inc., f/k/a Aetna U.S. Healthcare Inc., et al. v. Juan Davila No. 02-1845 CIGNA HealthCare of Texas Inc., d/b/a CIGNA Corp. v. Ruby Calad, et al. No. 03-83 Certiorari to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Question presented: Whether individuals may sue their health maintenance organizations under state law for negligently refusing to cover recommended treatment or if the law is pre-empted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. For petitioners: Miguel Estrada, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Washington, D.C.; and James Feldman, assistant to the solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (for United States, as amicus curiae). For respondents: George Young, Fort Worth, Texas. WEDNESDAY City of Littleton, Colorado v. Z.J. Gifts D-4, LLC, d/b/a Christal’s No. 02-1609 Certiorari to the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Question presented: Whether the “prompt judicial review” required of cities that deny commercial licenses to adult business means the prompt commencement of proceedings or a prompt decision. For petitioner: J. Andrew Nathan, Nathan, Bremer, Dumm & Myers, Denver; and Douglas Cole, Ohio state solicitor, Ohio attorney general’s office, Columbus, Ohio (for Ohio, et al., as amicus curiae). For respondent: Michael Gross, Schwartz & Goldberg, Denver. Elk Grove Unified School District, et al. v. Michael Newdow, et al. No. 02-1624 Certiorari to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Questions presented: Whether a school district’s teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause because it contains the words “under God,” and whether the respondent has the legal right to challenge it on behalf of his daughter, of whom he has only partial custody. For petitioners: Terence Cassidy, Porter, Scott, Weiberg & Delehant, Sacramento. For respondent United States, in support of petitioners: Theodore Olson, solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. For respondent Newdow: Michael Newdow, pro se, Sacramento. MONDAY Gale Norton, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, et al. v. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, et al. No. 03-101 Certiorari to the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Question presented: Whether the federal courts have the authority to review a federal agency’s ongoing management of public lands. The case involves off-road vehicle damage to Utah’s Wilderness Areas. For petitioners: Edwin Kneedler, deputy solicitor general, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. For respondents: Paul Smith, Jenner & Block, Washington, D.C. David Nelson v. Donal Campbell, Commissioner, Alabama Department of Corrections, et al. No. 03-6821 Certiorari to the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Question presented: Whether a death row inmate, who previously filed a habeas petition, may challenge the procedures of his execution under a civil rights law, or if it is an impermissible second habeas claim. Petitioner David Nelson claims he cannot tolerate the normal procedure for lethal injection because of past intravenous drug use. For petitioner: Bryan Stevenson, executive director, Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, Montgomery, Ala. For respondents: Kevin Newsom, solicitor general, Alabama attorney general’s office, Montgomery, Ala. MARCH 30 Jay Johnson v. California No. 03-6539 Certiorari to the California Supreme Court. Question presented: Whether any challenge to an unexplained peremptory strike in jury selection must prove a “more likely than not” racial bias. For petitioner: Stephen Bedrick, Oakland. (Appointed by the court.) For respondent: Seth Schalit, supervising deputy attorney general, California Department of Justice, San Francisco. Jose Sosa v. H. Alvarez-Machain, et al. No. 03-339 United States v. Humberto Alvarez-Machain No. 03-485 Certiorari to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Question presented: Whether a Mexican doctor can sue the U.S. government and the U.S.-hired bounty hunter who captured him in Mexico for false imprisonment under the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Alien Tort Claims Act. For petitioners: Carter Phillips, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, Washington, D.C. For respondents: Paul Hoffman, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman, Venice. Docket Watch is written by Legal Times , a Recorder affiliate based in Washington, D.C.

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