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18 Aug, 2017

August 18th: Recently Filed Petition

Author |Briefs Filed|0 Comments

Crouse v. Caldwell, filed on August 11th

 

 

To read this Supreme Court petition, click the heading to open this post, then follow the link!

16 Aug, 2017

Wedding Cakes and the Travel Ban: A Look at OT 2017’s Blockbusters

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The Court closed out OT 2016 on a high note by granting two highly anticipated cases. On June 26th, the oft-relisted (14 times to be precise), Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was granted certiorari along with the consolidated cases of Trump v. Hawaii and Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project. As we […]

11 Aug, 2017

Social Media and the First Amendment

Author |Constitutional Law, News|0 Comments

With great power comes great responsibility. Millions of people, including politicians, now use various social media platforms as a way to communicate with their followers easily and quickly. Along with the ability to instantly communicate a message to thousands of people comes the ability to “mute” or block those whose comments the user chooses not […]

8 Aug, 2017

Justice Kennedy Retirement Watch and Average Justice Retirement Age

Author |Supreme Court|0 Comments

Rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement have shifted to 2018 after news of him telling applicants for the 2018 term that he is considering retirement began circulating in early July. Kennedy is the most senior Associate Justice on the Court and is often the swing vote on the Court’s 5-4 decisions, meaning his retirement […]

4 Aug, 2017

August 4th: Recently Filed Petition

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Defense Distributed v. U.S. Dep’t of State, filed on August 2nd

 

 

To read this Supreme Court petition, click the heading to open this post, then follow the link!

4 Aug, 2017

Posner: Supreme Court Should Have 19 Members

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Judge Richard Posner, Circuit Judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, believes the Supreme Court needs a shakeup.  “If you had 19 members you would inevitably have more diversity,” he told Professor Luigi Zingales during a recent discussion […]

1 Aug, 2017

Supreme Court Releases Updated Website

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The Supreme Court released a new version of its website last Friday night (7/28) (www.supremecourt.gov).

While most of the improvements relate to load time and menu structure, others are more substantive:

The updated Court calendar provides further detail about its argument days, including links to the relevant docket entries and the questions at issue in each […]

28 Jul, 2017

July 28th: Recently Filed Petition

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Abeles v. Metro. Washington Airports Auth., filed on July 24th

 

To read this Supreme Court petition, click the heading to open this post, then follow the link!

28 Jul, 2017

Making a Murderer’s March to the Supreme Court

Author |Supreme Court, Television shows|0 Comments

 

In October 2005, Brandan Dassey and his uncle Steven Avery, of the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer,” allegedly raped, then killed Teresa Halbach.  Throughout the police interrogation that followed, investigators told Dassey – then a high school sophomore whose IQ had been measured between 74 and 81 – that “honesty” is what they wanted to […]

25 Jul, 2017

Answers to Common Amicus Brief Questions

Author |Supreme Court|0 Comments

Amicus Briefs are submitted by non-parties to a case as a way of introducing information and concerns to the Court, demonstrating that a case’s outcome may have wider effects beyond the immediate parties to the suit. They can provide valuable assistance to the Court in its deliberations by presenting an argument or citing authorities not […]