MSU College of Law News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2007
CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
PROFESSOR POLL REVEALS THEIR VOTE FOR MOST IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT RULINGS TO COME IN 2008
East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University College of Law surveyed its full-time law professors in order to get their opinions on which current Supreme Court cases will have the biggest impact on the United States and the American public once the Court rules on the cases in 2008.
More than 40 MSU College of Law professors were asked to review the Supreme Court descriptions of the top ten cases that would have the biggest impact on the American people and select choose one that the professors felt would most greatly affect American citizens in the years to come.
The survey results are:
- Docket numbers 06-1195 (Boumediene v. Bush) and 06-1196 (Al Odah v. United States): Boumediene and Al Odah were combined on the Court’s docket and are the “leading cases determining the significance of the Supreme Court's decision in Rasul, the rights of non-citizens to challenge the legality of their detention in an offshore U.S. military base, and the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.1”
Tied for second were Docket numbers 06-179 (Riegel v Medtronic, Inc.), 06-730 (Washington v. WA republican Party) and 06-713 (Washington State Grange v. WA Republican Party), 07-5439 (Baze v. Rees), and Washington, D.C. v. a person individual’s right to keep guns in homes of private use, which has not been given a docket number by the Supreme Court.
The poll was conducted December 4 through December 14, and represents only those MSU Law professors who participated in the survey.
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