FINDLAW: 03/31/09- Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court

CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE

Rivera v. Illinois, No. 07-9995
Provided that all jurors seated in a criminal case are qualified and unbiased, the Due Process Clause does not require automatic reversal of a conviction because of the trial court’s good-faith error in denying the defendant’s peremptory challenge to a juror. Defendant’s murder conviction is therefore affirmed.

GOVERNMENT LAW, INDIAN LAW, PROPERTY LAW & REAL ESTATE

Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, No. 07-1372
In an action to enjoin the sale of land owned by the State of Hawaii until final determination of native Hawaiians’ claims, the grant of the injunction is reversed, where the Apology Resolution did not strip Hawaii of its sovereign authority to alienate the lands the United States held in absolute fee and granted to the State upon its admission to the Union.

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