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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More of yesterday's Supreme Court matters:

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Navajo Nation et al. v. U.S. Forest Service et al. Turned down an appeal from Indian tribes who wanted to block expansion of a ski resort on a mountain they consider sacred. A half-dozen Western tribes wanted to block the expansion of the Arizona Snowbowl ski area north of Flagstaff because the resort plans to use treated wastewater to make artificial snow on the mountain.

Kozlowsky et al. v. New York Refused to hear an appeal from two former top executives of Tyco International that challenges their convictions for fraud and larceny involving more than $100 million in bonuses. Tyco's former chief executive L. Dennis Kozlowski and former chief financial officer Mark Swartz will serve prison terms of 8 1/3 to 25 years for taking unauthorized pay.

Snyder et al. v. United States Refused to hear a Marine's lawsuit blaming the government's dumping of toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune, N.C., for his son's illnesses. Donal McLean Snyder Jr. argued that the dumping of trichloroethylene, an ingredient in cleaning solvents, into the ground in the 1970s polluted the water and made his son ill.

Tankersley v. United States Would not consider making changes to the sentence of a radical environmentalist linked to multiple arsons across the West. Kendall Tankersley was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to arson and attempted arson at U.S. Forest Industries in Medford, Ore., in December 1998.

United States v. Denedo Told a military court it can reexamine the guilty plea of a Nigerian-born serviceman who faces deportation. Jacob Denedo says he pleaded guilty to larceny because his lawyer told him he would not be deported. He found out after deportation proceedings had started that his lawyer had an alcohol problem. The military court said it could not look at the case again because Denedo is no longer in the Navy.

Boyle v. United States Upheld the racketeering conviction of a reputed associate of the Gambino crime family. Edmund Boyle was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison in connection with a string of burglaries of night deposit boxes at banks in the New York metropolitan area.

Sodomsky v. Pennsylvania Would not stop Pennsylvania officials from prosecuting a man whose computer was found to contain child pornography while it was at Circuit City being upgraded. Kenneth Sodomsky wanted the videos found on his computer suppressed. He had taken it into the store to get a DVD burner installed. A worker found questionable files and called police, who found child pornography.

-- Associated Press


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