The Supreme Court today handed down an opinion in Begay v. US in which it held that drunk driving is not a violent felony as defined by particular sentencing regulations. Justice Breyer authored a six-Justice majority opinion that concluded that drunk driving does not fall into a category of behavior that “otherwise involves conduct that [...]

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 [...]

Medellin (docket, questions presented, oral arguments, petitioner’s brief) is without a doubt one of the most anticipated opinions of the year. Medellin was argued on October 10, 2007, making it one of the oldest cases still being decided. As of today, it has been nearly 160 days since Medellin‘s oral arguments and last year, the [...]

Supreme Court Releases Snyder Opinion

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 [...]

I’ve updated my chart with laughter references on the Court. You can find the up-to-date iteration of the full chart here and you can read about my methodology here. Justice Total Roberts 13 Stevens 6 Scalia 51 Kennedy 6 Souter 10 Thomas 0 Ginsburg 1 Breyer 12 Alito 3

Randy Newman sang a rather interesting song at the conclusion of the Macworld Keynote Speech. Here was the relevant portion of his song: Its pissing me off a little that the Supreme Court is going to outlive me. Couple young Italian fellas and a brother on the Court now, too. But I defy you to [...]

No surprises here- Justices decide 5-3 along the usual lines (with Breyer recused) against certain consumer lawsuits against corporations accused of malfeasance (Opinion here.) Justice Kennedy, authoring the majority opinion, found that “The decision to extend the cause of action is thus for the Congress, not for this Court.” Justice Alito also keeps up his [...]

In Irizarry v. US (opinion below), the Court is asked to decide whether or not a district court must offer advance warning for an upward sentencing departure. In 2000, Richard Irizarry’s wife moved from California to South Carolina and filed for divorce, claiming that Mr. Irizarry verbally and mentally abused her and their children during [...]

Oral Arguments took place this morning in Boumediene v. Bush and its sister case, Al-Odah v. US. Because of the heightened interest in the case, the Supreme Court opted to expedite the delivery of the audio recording and it was broadcast on C-Span by 11:50EST, less than an hour after the arguments concluded. The arguments [...]

After finding the most talkative Justice, I was interested in finding the funniest Justice. According to my calculations, there were 51 total references to (Laughter.) in the court’s first two months of arguements. Here is the breakdown: Case JR JPS AS AK DS CT RBG SB SA COUNSEL TOTAL Washington 1 2 3 Tom F. [...]



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