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An article in today’s Cincinati Enquirer highlights the Sixth Circuit’s current 15-case losing streak in the Supreme Court. Circuits regularly get reversed (the Court reverses in around 75% of cases) so I wanted to find out if a 15-case streak is especially notable. I decided to take a look at reversal rates from other circuits [...]

On October 3, 2007, the Court will hear oral arguments in US v. Santos. From the 1970′s through the 1990′s, Efrain Santos operated an illegal lottery in north-west Indiana. He was convicted of running an illegal gambling ring and laundering that money through his payment of runners and money collectors who were involved in his [...]

On October 3rd of this year, the Supreme Court will entertain arguments is New York State Board of Elections v. López Torres, which centers on the method by which the state of New York selects its trial judges. Margarita López Torres, an aspiring candidate, argued in the US District Court for the Eastern District of [...]

I admit that I made a slight mistake in yesterday’s post about Snarlin’ Arlen and his attack on judicial independence- I asserted, without clarifiying, that there was nothing “a Senator can do to a Supreme Court Justice save for pushing for impeachment.” Some very intelligent people have been arguing that Congress can reign in these [...]

Just last week in ACLU v. NSA, the sixth circuit Court of Appeals struck down the ACLU’s suit against the NSA’s warrantless-wiretapping authority. In a 2-1 decision, two concurring opinions were published meaning that not one of the judges agreed with another’s methodology. Lets take a look at this case and its potential implications. The [...]



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