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How do the Noun phrases in the following sentence acquire case ?

-It is odd that Bill should have refused the offer

It has been noted that Noun phrases need case because they need to be visible in order to receive a theta role . Discuss the problems raised for this approach by the following example
It is thought that it is regrettable that John has left.

Discuss the assignment of case for the following sentence, are their any problems in case assignment ?
The detective and his wife are coming back soon .

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