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Cases on the Supreme Court docket

By Bill Mears
CNN Washington Bureau

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court will decide the following key cases in June:

Terrorism on trial -- Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. At Issue: Rights of accused "enemy combatants" held overseas and facing military tribunals. Legal brief: Former Osama bin Laden driver is one of about 500 men detained in U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Death penalty, DNA -- House v. Bell. At issue: Capital inmates claim "actual innocence" based on new DNA evidence. Legal brief: About 150 innocent prisoners exonerated after forensic testing.

Death penalty, lethal injection -- Hill v. McDonough. At issue: Death row appeals on the "cocktail" of chemicals used in lethal injection. Legal brief: High court stopped Clarence Hill's execution while he was strapped to gurney.

Politics, Texas redistricting -- League of United Latin v. Perry, et al. At issue: Whether 2003 congressional map was excessively partisan. Legal brief: Redrawn map led to 2004 defeat of five Democratic incumbents.

Campaign finance reform -- Randall v. Sorrell, et al. At issue: Constitutionality of state limits on campaign spending. Legal brief: High court has said federal candidates have free speech right to spend as much as they want.

Property rights and the environment -- Rapanos v. U.S. and Carabell v. Army Corps of Engineers. At issue: Did federal wetland regulators go too far restricting private development? Legal brief: 100 million acres of wetlands could be affected.

Foreigner rights and felonies -- Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon and Bustillo v. Johnson. At issue: Can foreign felons challenge convictions because they were not told of right to contact consulate? Legal brief: World Court ruled rights of dozens of non-citizens arrested in U.S. were violated, and deserve new trials.

Insanity defense -- Clark v. Arizona. At issue: What legal limits states can place on criminal defendants claiming severe mental illness. Legal brief: Eric Clark was schizophrenic 17-year-old when he killed an Arizona police officer.

Domestic violence -- Davis v. Washington and Hammon v. Indiana. At issue: Can taped 911 calls be used as evidence in absence of court testimony of alleged victim? Legal brief: "Secondhand" evidence, even though not subject to cross-examination, often is admissible when victim unwilling or unable to testify in person.

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