WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday for another two weeks of oral arguments. Next week's docket is stacked with criminal cases stemming from claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, alleged Eighth Amendment violations and eyewitness identifications made under suggestive circumstances.
On Monday, the Court will hear Lafler v. Cooper and Missouri v. Frye, which both present the basic question of whether a person's Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel is violated when his lawyer tells him to reject a plea deal and then he gets slapped with a stiffer sentence than he would have received had he pleaded guilty.
The justices will consider Minneci v. Pollard on Tuesday. Richard Lee Pollard was a federal prisoner incarcerated in a private facility run by a government contractor when he slipped, fell and broke both his elbows. He's now trying to win money damages for what he argues were the prison staff's violations of his Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment, based on the way they treated him after he was hurt.
And in Wednesday's Perry v. New Hampshire, the Court will try to figure out whether all eyewitness identifications made under circumstances that tend to suggest a guilty party violate a suspect's due process rights or only those suggestive circumstances that the police have created.
Check out the video for a run-down of the issues, and come back to HuffPost after each argument to find out which way the justices themselves seem to be leaning in these cases.
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