The Supreme Court today issued opinions today in Chambers v. US (here) and Jimenez v. Quarterman (here.) Chambers centers around whether or not refusing to report to prison constitutes a ‘violent felony,’ triggering longer sentencing guidelines. Justice Breyer wrote the unanimous opinion that was joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, [...]

The Supreme Court today handed down its decision in Hedgpeth v. Pulido. The Court issued a Per Curiam opinion and Justice Stevens wrote a dissenting opinion that was joined by Justices Souter and Ginsburg.

The Supreme Court today handed down a series opinions on the penultimate day of the term. Major thanks should go to SCOTUSblog for getting these opinions online minutes after the Court announces them. I’ll eventually change the links to redirect to the Supreme Court’s website, but thanks go to SCOTUSblog for letting us read the [...]

The Supreme Court released five opinions today, the most interesting of which is the decision in Boumediene v. Bush, the landmark detainee right’s case. The Court held, 5-4, that detainees currently designated as ‘enemy combatants’ have signficant habeus corpus rights and have the right to have them upheld in federal district court. I’m reading this [...]

The Supreme Court today issued an orders list and rejected eleven Baze claims. Justice Stevens wrote brief opinions (here and here) relating to two of the cases where he said: While I agree with the Court’s decision to deny certiorari in this case, it is appropriate to emphasize, as I have in the past, see, [...]

The Supreme Court today ruled 6-2 in New Jersey v. Delaware that neither New Jersey nor Delaware have exclusive rights to construct certain structures in their bordering river. Article VII of the 1905 Compact, we hold,did not secure to New Jersey exclusive jurisdiction over allriparian improvements commencing on its shores.2 The parties’ own conduct, since [...]

The Supreme Court today released its opinion in Medellin v. Texas. The Court ruled 6-3, in an opinion written by the Chief Justice, that the ICC’s decision in Avena was not valid federal law. The Court was sure to reenforce, however, that “Indeed, we agree with Medellín that, as a general matter, ‘an agreement to [...]

The Supreme Court today released an opinion in Snyder v. Louisiana. Justice Alito filed a majority opinion with six of his colleagues and Justice Thomas penned a dissent that was joined by Justice Scalia. The Court held in Snyder that a prosecutor who strikes all of the black jurors from a panel using his preemptory [...]

The Court today handed down an opinion in Washington State Grange. Justice Thomas penned a majority opinion that upheld the right of a candidate to ‘declare’ a ‘party preference’ against that parties opposition. Justice Scalia wrote a dissent and was joined by Justice Kennedy.

Justice Kennedy’s streak of being in the majority in 5-4 decisions has been snapped today with his dissenting vote (and opinion) in Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisions. Justice Thomas wrote the majority opinion and was joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Ginsburg. Justice Kennedy penned a dissent that was joined [...]



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