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Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (November 8, 2017)
Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(5)(C)’s limitation on extensions of time to file a notice of appeal is a court-made rule and not jurisdictional.
Kernan v. Cuero (November 6, 2017)
California court did not violate "clearly established Federal law as determined by the Supreme Court" in allowing the prosecution to amend a complaint to which the defendant had pleaded guilty, to add criminal history that would increase his minimum sentence, and then allowing the defendant to withdraw his plea.
Dunn v. Madison (November 6, 2017)
Supreme Court precedent has not “clearly established” that a prisoner is incompetent to be executed because of a failure to remember his commission of the crime, as distinct from a failure to rationally comprehend the concepts of crime and punishment as applied in his case.
Hernandez v. Mesa (June 26, 2017)
The Fourth Amendment and a Bivens remedy may apply when a federal agent standing in the U.S. shoots a Mexican national standing in Mexico.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer (June 26, 2017)
A church may not be denied an otherwise generally available public benefit like a government grant because of its religious status under the First Amendment.
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After 28 Years in Prison, a Guilty Plea Sets a Connecticut Man Free
The New York Times,
Leroy Harris’s 1989 conviction was flawed, prosecutors admit, but they agreed to let him go if he entered a rare Alford plea, pleading guilty to lesser charges without admitting guilt.
Argument preview: The justices return to cellphones and the Fourth Amendment
[Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post ran on July 31, as an introduction to the blog’s symposium on Carpenter v. United States, as well as at Howe on the Court, where it was originally published.] In 1976, in United States v. Miller, the Supreme Court ruled that the bank records of a man accused of running an illegal whiskey-distilling operation were…
Fighting Gay Rights and Abortion With the First Amendment
The New York Times,
Alliance Defending Freedom has had some notable victories. Now it hopes to persuade the Supreme Court to blunt the sweep of its ruling enshrining same-sex marriage into law.
Argument preview: Plain talk about Dodd-Frank whistleblowing
Thar she blows In 2010, Congress was all about reforesting the new wasteland of American finance created by the 2008 financial crisis; the result was the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which transformed the banking and financial-services industry. Early in the legislative process, it was agreed that paying bounties for information would…
The Supreme Court Needs to Clarify When District Court Injunctions Blocking Federal Policies Can Extend Beyond the Actual Plaintiffs in a Case
Illinois Law dean and professor Vikram David Amar comments on the increasingly frequent practice of federal district courts issuing injunctions that extend relief beyond the plaintiffs in the case. Amar describes the problems with this practice and calls upon the US Supreme Court to clarify the doctrine of when nationwide (or global) injunctions by federal district courts are permissible and when they are not.
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...
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