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Some major issues to be decided by the Supreme Court in the second half of the term: DEATH PENALTY: Is it unconstitutionally cruel to execute juvenile killers? ( Roper v. Simmons, 03-633.) Argument heard Oct. 13. And may the United States try and sentence to death foreign nationals without notifying their government, in violation of international law? ( Medellin v. Dretke, 04-5928.) Argument set for March 28. LAND RIGHTS: When can local governments seize people’s homes and businesses to be used for tax-producing projects like shopping malls? ( Kelo v. City of New London, 04-108.) Argument set for Tuesday. TEN COMMANDMENTS: Do government displays of the Ten Commandments at public buildings violate the First Amendment’s ban on an “establishment” of religion? ( Van Orden v. Perry, 03-1500, and McCreary County v. ACLU, 03-1693.) Arguments set for March 2. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Can the federal government prosecute sick people who grow marijuana and use it if states allow such drug use for medical purposes? ( Ashcroft v. Raich, 03-1454.) Argument heard Nov. 29. TITLE IX: Does the federal law best known for promoting women’s athletics protect people who are punished after they complain about unlawful sex discrimination? ( Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education, 02-1672.) Argument heard Nov. 30. WINE SHIPMENTS: May states prevent consumers from buying wine over the Internet from out-of-state wineries? ( Granholm v. Heald, 03-1116; Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association v. Heald, 03-1120 and Swedenburg v. Kelly, 03-1274.) Argument heard Dec. 7. FREE SPEECH: May the government require beef producers to pay fees that are used to promote the industry, even if the producers disagree with some of the marketing campaigns? ( Veneman v. Livestock Marketing Association, 03-1164, and Nebraska Cattlemen v. Livestock Marketing Association, 03-1165.) Argument heard Dec. 8. FILE-SHARING: Should Internet file-sharing services be held responsible for their customers’ illegal swapping of copyrighted songs and movies? ( Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster, 04-480.) Argument set for March 29. CABLE INTERNET ACCESS: Is cable-based broadband a “telecommunications service” under FCC rules that would require cable companies to open their lines to Internet competition? ( National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services, 04-277; FCC v. Brand X Internet Services, 04-281.) Argument set for March 29. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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