Recent Supreme Court Decisions
Burt v. Titlow
In federal habeas review of a state court decision, it is settled law that a federal court must use a "doubly deferential" standard of review that gives the state court and the defense attorney the benefit of the doubt.
Stanton v. Sims (November 4, 2013)
A police officer is entitled to immunity from liability for civil damages unless his actions violate a constitutional right that was "clearly established" at the time of the occurrence. In this case, the officer's pursuit of a person suspected of a jailable misdemeanor onto another person's private property was not clearly established as a constitutional violation, so the Ninth Circuit erred in denying the officer qualified immunity.
Hollingsworth v. Perry (June 26, 2013)
The intervenors had standing to initiate this case against the California officials responsible for enforcing Proposition 8, but once the district court issued its order, they no longer had any injury to redress and state officials chose not to appeal.
United States v. Winsdor (June 26, 2013)
DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons under the Fifth Amendment.
Sekhar v. United States (June 26, 2013)
Attempting to compel a person to recommend that his employer approve an investment does not constitute "the obtaining of property from another" under the Hobbs Act.