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Recent Decisions

Artis v. District of Columbia (January 22, 2018)
Under 28 U.S.C. 1367(d), the limitations period for state claims filed in federal court is suspended while such claims are pending in federal court and for 30 days after dismissal by the federal court.

District of Columbia v. Wesby (January 22, 2018)
Conditions at the house and behavior of the partygoers gave officers reason to infer that the partygoers knew that their use of the house was unauthorized and probable cause to arrest the partygoers.

National Association of Manufacturers. v. Department of Defense (January 22, 2018)
Challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's “Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule" must be filed in federal district courts.

Tharpe v. Sellers (January 8, 2018)
Supreme Court vacates the Eleventh Circuit's denial of a certificate of appealability in a case where the defendant presented evidence that a juror's racial prejudice affected the juror's vote for the death penalty.

In Re United States (December 20, 2017)
The Court vacated a judgment by the Ninth Circuit upholding a district court order that required the federal government to complete the administrative record filed in a proceeding brought to prevent the repeal of the Deferred Action in Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Latest Supreme Court News

Mass Shootings and the Supreme Court
Justia's Verdict,
Cornell University law professor Michael C. Dorf describes the underappreciated role of the US Supreme Court in shaping public opinion and discussion of gun regulations. Specifically, Dorf explains that the Court's seminal decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago have symbolic importance beyond their literal holdings, giving gun rights proponents strong rhetoric, though not strong legal basis, for an absolutist position.

Argument transcripts
SCOTUSblog,
The transcript in Currier v. Virginia is available on the Supreme Court’s website; the transcript in City of Hays v. Vogt is also available. The post Argument transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

Argument preview: Antitrust analysis – do two-sided markets require different rules?
SCOTUSblog,
Ohio v. American Express Co., which is set for argument on February 26, may simply reinforce the burden-shifting approach that has been developed and applied in civil antitrust cases, or it could announce a particular new approach defining markets and assessing competitive harm in multi-sided platforms and markets. The case involves two-sided platforms in a…

Justices Won’t Hear Case on Waiting Period for Gun Purchases
The New York Times,
Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, saying the court had turned the Second Amendment into a “constitutional orphan.”

Argument preview: For the third time, justices take on union-fee issue
SCOTUSblog,
[Editor’s note: An earlier version  of this post ran on December 18, as an introduction to this blog’s symposium on Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, as well as at Howe on the Court, where it was originally published.] Like many employees, Mark Janus was upset about deductions from his paycheck – specifically, the roughly $45…

Revisions to the Rules of the Court
Supreme Court of the United States,
The Supreme Court of the United States has adopted a revised version of the Rules of the Court.  The revisions to the Rules are necessary to implement the Court’s electronic filing system. The revised version will take effect on November 13, 2017 when the electronic filing system will begin operation. New Rule 29.7 provides that filers who are represented by counsel must submit documents through the electronic filing system in conformity with “Guidelines for the...

Current Supreme Court Justices

John G. Roberts, Jr.
John G. Roberts, Jr.
Chief Justice of the United States
Anthony M. Kennedy
Anthony M. Kennedy
Associate Justice
Clarence Thomas
Clarence Thomas
Associate Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice
Stephen G. Breyer
Stephen G. Breyer
Associate Justice
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Associate Justice
Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor
Associate Justice
Elena Kagan
Elena Kagan
Associate Justice
Neil M. Gorsuch
Neil M. Gorsuch
Associate Justice