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Supreme Court strikes down New York gun law

June 23, 2022

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects "an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

Read more at WZZM 13

Supreme Court Rules 'Innocence Isn't Enough'

May 27, 2022

With a 6-3 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court agreed that Jones’ innocence is not enough to set him free...


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Supreme Court made it easier to sue for malicious prosecution

April 6, 2022

In a 6-3 ruling in Thompson v. Clark, the court found Monday that people who are falsely charged can bring civil rights actions against police officers if their cases get dismissed.

Read more at NBC News

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The Supreme Court’s holding on a mistake of law’s impact on copyright

March 25, 2022

This Court decision means that copyright holders can defend inaccuracies in registration on the grounds that it was an innocent mistake. This allows for additional protection for copyright registrants who may not be familiar with the Copyright Act; or who misunderstood what the law requires in good faith.

Read more at American University Intellectual Brief

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Supreme Court sides with murder defendant in major evidentiary ruling

January 20, 2022

The ruling marks the first time the justices weighed in on a controversial legal doctrine that critics say has long given prosecutors a loophole to introduce evidence that would otherwise be barred from reaching a jury.

Read more at The Hill

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Criticizing the Court: How opinionated should opinions be?

January 12, 2022

n the vast majority of cases, lower courts dutifully enforce the law handed down by the Supreme Court without criticism or conversation. Sometimes, however, there are murmurs from the gallery

Read more at Judicature

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Roberts to Congress on court reforms: We’re on it

January 5, 2022

Roberts turned to three specific issues that, he said, “have been flagged by Congress and the press over the past year” and “will receive focused attention from the Judicial Conference and its committees in the coming months.”

Read more at SCOTUSblog

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What to know about the Supreme Court and what to expect in its new term

October 10, 2021

The court has agreed to hear several controversial cases this term, including a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy that could overturn or undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade case

Read More at USA Today

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SCOTUS has struck down the CDC eviction moratorium

August 2, 2021

SCOTUS has struck down the CDC eviction moratorium in an opinion published today (8-26-2021).

"The Alabama Association of Realtors (along with other plaintiffs) obtained a judgment from the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacating the moratorium on the ground that it is unlawful. But the District Court stayed its judgment while the Government pursued an appeal. We vacate that stay, rendering the judgment enforceable. The District Court produced a comprehensive opinion concluding that the statute on which the CDC relies does not grant it the authority it claims. The case has been thoroughly briefed before us— twice. And careful review of that record makes clear that the applicants are virtually certain to succeed on the merits of their argument that the CDC has exceeded its authority. It would be one thing if Congress had specifically authorized the action that the CDC has taken. But that has not happened. Instead, the CDC has imposed a nationwide moratorium on evictions in reliance on a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination. It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts."

See the decision here

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High Court Denies Sentence Reduction to Light Crack Offenses

June 14, 2021

Crack cocaine offenders are only eligible for reduced sentences under the First Step Act if they were convicted of a drug possession charge that came with a mandatory minimum sentence, the Supreme Court ruled

Read more at Courthouse News


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