SCOTUS

New US Supreme Court Terms Begins Today-Key Cases to Watch

Today, the US Supreme Court begins a new term. This will be the first full term with Justice Neil Gorsuch, and his opinions will be closely watched. Here are several key cases with long ranging implications the Justices will be taking on. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111 This is the so-called …

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Birth control and online info cases seem destined for future SCOTUS action after Monday’s opinions

The Supreme Court issued opinions in multiple notable cases on Monday. At least two of those, Zubik v. Burwell and Spokeo v. Robins, were eagerly anticipated, but likely proved somewhat disappointing to all parties involved, as neither opinion provided the decisive substantive answer to resolve the major questions at issue. These decisions make both cases …

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Supreme Court’s manual conflict check can be problematic

The Supreme Court manually checks for conflicts when determining whether the justices should recuse themselves from hearing petitions, as opposed to using conflict checking software, according to the National Law Journal. (sub. req.) This issue recently came to prominence when Justice Breyer failed to recuse himself from oral arguments in a case where his wife owns …

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Death sentences and elected judges, an Ohio Supreme Court case analyzed

A Reuters article published this week discussed death sentences in states where judges are elected versus where they are appointed, with a particular focus on the Ohio Supreme Court. According to their analysis, appointed state supreme court judges reversed death sentences twice as often as those who are elected by voters. Ohio Supreme Court justices are directly elected. The article …

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Health care subsidies and housing discrimination: Big decisions from SCOTUS as term nears end

The Supreme Court issued two notable decisions today, leaving five remaining for the rest of the term. King v. Burwell In a 6-3 decision penned by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court upheld the subsidies under the Affordable Care Act that were being challenged in King v. Burwell. Petitioners had attempted to challenge the subsidies for health …

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SCOTUS finds teacher’s testimony about child abuse doesn’t violate Confrontation Clause, reversing Ohio Supreme Court

The Supreme Court issued a decision today in Ohio v. Clark that reversed a decision of the Ohio Supreme Court regarding the admissibility of statements by a minor to his teacher as evidence of abuse by the defendant.  The Supreme Court found that admitting these statements did not violate the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, …

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Divided SCOTUS analyzes marriage liberty interests in consular processing case before deciding Obergefell

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion yesterday in a case we discussed in February, dealing with the rights of  U.S. spouses petitioning for their non-citizen spouses to join them in the U.S. To recap, the case involved Fauzia Din, a U.S. citizen who attempted to bring her spouse, a citizen of Afghanistan, to the U.S. in …

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SCOTUS rules Muslim inmate should be permitted to have beard

The Supreme Court issued an opinion yesterday in a case we discussed last fall. The case of Holt v. Hobbs involved a Muslim man incarcerated in Arkansas who wanted to grow a beard in accordance with his religion, but in violation of prison policies prohibiting beards for inmates. Although prisoner Gregory Holt believed that his …

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