By now, you should all know that the Supreme Court handed down their long-awaited decision in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder. In short, the Chief Justice Roberts wrote for a nearly unanimous court holding that Section 5 was bad and faced several constitutional problems, but the Court decided to give Congress [...]

The Supreme Court released four divided opinions today including a very interesting case rejecting an inmate’s right to test the DNA used to convict him more than 15 years ago. Justice Thomas was the author of another 5-4 decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services. For some reason, I had always assumed that he filed [...]

The Supreme Court handed down two opinions today. (43) Corley v. United States Docket Filing | Questions Presented Case Number: 07-10441 On Appeal From: USCA-3 Date Argued: January 21, 2009 Date Decided: April 6, 2009 5-4; Vacated and Remanded Majority: Souter(m), Stevens, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer Dissent: Alito(d), Roberts, Scalia, Thomas Days between argument and opinion: [...]

The Supreme Court handed down four opinions today. (33) Kansas v. Colorado Questions Presented Case Number: 105, Original On Appeal From: – Date Argued: December 1, 2008 Date Decided: March 9, 2009 9-0; Affirmed Majority: Alito(m), Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Roberts(c), Souter Days between argument and opinion: 97 (32) Vermont v. Brillon Docket [...]

The Supreme Court handed down an opinion today in Wyeth v. Levine (here). (29) Wyeth v. Levine Docket Filing | Questions Presented Case Number: 06-1249 On Appeal From: SC-VT Date Argued: November 3, 2008 Date Decided: March 4, 2009 6-3; Affirmed Majority: Stevens(m), Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer(c), Thomas(c) Dissent: Alito(d), Roberts, Scalia Days between argument [...]

The Supreme Court continued its quest to strike at Article III taxpayer standing today in its opinion in Summers v. Earth Island Institute (here). In 1968, the Court ruled 8-1 in Flast v. Cohen (here) that Florence Flast and others could file suit against the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare for violating the First [...]

The Supreme Court handed down two opinions today. (28) Negusie v. Holder Docket Filing | Questions Presented Case Number: 07-499 On Appeal From: USCA-5 Date Argued: November 5, 2008 Date Decided: March 3, 2009 8-1; Reversed and Remanded Majority: Kennedy(m), Roberts, Scalia(c), Souter, Ginsburg, Alito, Stevens(c), Breyer Dissent: Thomas(d) Days between argument and opinion: 118 [...]

The Supreme Court handed down six opinions this morning and granted review in three others. You can find the opinions here and the orders list here. The Court also released the calender for March. It will hear only one case per day for each of the six hearing days. In April, the Court will likely [...]

As expected, the Supreme Court handed down several opinions today. Waddington v. Sarausad

The Supreme Court released opinions in Herring v. US (opinion) and Oregon v. Ice (opinion). In Herring, the Court ruled, 5-4, that isolated incidents of negligence are enough to trigger the exclusionary rule and, perhaps more importantly, ‘unreasonableness’ does not necessary trigger the exclusion of evidence. Chief Justice Roberts authored the majority opinion and was [...]



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