Volume 588

Rucho v. Common Cause
Docket Number: 18-422
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 27, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: North Carolina plaintiffs claimed that the state’s congressional districting plan discriminated against Democrats. Maryland plaintiffs claimed that their state’s plan discriminated against Republicans. The plaintiffs ...

Mitchell v. Wisconsin
Docket Number: 18-6210
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 27, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Mitchell was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated after a preliminary breath test registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) triple Wisconsin’s legal limit for driving. Taken to a police station for a ...

Department of Commerce v. New York
Docket Number: 18-966
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 27, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the Census Act, authorized by the Enumeration Clause, the Secretary of Commerce conducts the decennial census “in such form and content as he may determine,” 13 U.S.C. 141(a), aided by the Census Bureau. Census ...

United States v. Haymond
Docket Number: 17-1672
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 26, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Haymond was convicted of possessing child pornography, which carries a prison term of zero to 10 years. After serving 38 months, while on supervised release, Haymond was found with what appeared to be child pornography. The ...

Kisor v. Wilkie
Docket Number: 18-15
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 26, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Kisor, a Vietnam veteran, unsuccessfully sought VA disability benefits in 1982, alleging that he had developed PTSD from his military service. In 2006, Kisor moved to reopen his claim. The VA then agreed he was eligible for ...

Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas
Docket Number: 18-96
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 26, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Tennessee law requires applicants for an initial license to operate a retail liquor store to have resided in Tennessee for the prior two years; an applicant for license renewal must have resided in Tennessee for 10 consecutive ...

Dutra Group v. Batterton
Docket Number: 18-266
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 24, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Batterton was working on a Dutra vessel when a hatch blew open and injured his hand. Batterton sued Dutra, asserting various claims, including unseaworthiness, and seeking general and punitive damages. The Ninth Circuit affirmed ...

Iancu v. Brunetti
Docket Number: 18-302
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 24, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Brunetti sought federal registration of the trademark FUCT. The Patent and Trademark Office denied his application under a Lanham Act provision that prohibits registration of trademarks that consist of or comprise "immoral[ ...

United States v. Davis
Docket Number: 18-431
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 24, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants were convicted of Hobbs Act robbery and conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and under 18 U.S.C. 924(c), which authorizes heightened penalties for using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in connection with any ...

Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media
Docket Number: 18-481
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 24, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Media filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), seeking the names and addresses of all retail stores that participate in the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

Knick v. Township of Scott
Docket Number: 17-647
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Scott Township passed an ordinance requiring that “[a]ll cemeteries . . . be kept open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours.” Knick, whose 90-acre rural property has a small family graveyard, was ...

Rehaif v. United States
Docket Number: 17-9560
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Rehaif entered the United States on a nonimmigrant student visa to attend university but was dismissed for poor grades. He subsequently shot firearms at a firing range and was prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. 922(g), which makes ...

Flowers v. Mississippi
Docket Number: 17-9572
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Flowers was tried six times for the murder of four Mississippi furniture store employees. Flowers is black; three of the victims were white. At the first two trials, the prosecution used peremptory strikes on all qualified ...

North Carolina Department of Revenue v. Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust
Docket Number: 18-457
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 21, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: Rice formed a trust for the benefit of his children in his home state, New York, and appointed a New York resident as the trustee. The trustee has “absolute discretion” to distribute the trust’s assets to the beneficiaries. ...

PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton Harris Chiropractic, Inc.
Docket Number: 17-1705
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 20, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: PDR compiles information about prescription drugs. Its producer sent health care providers faxes stating that they could reserve a free copy of a new e-book PDR. A recipient filed a putative class action, claiming that the ...

American Legion v. American Humanist Association
Docket Number: 17-1717
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 20, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1918, residents of Prince George’s County decided to erect a cross as a war memorial to stand at the terminus of another World War I memorial—the National Defense Highway connecting Washington to Annapolis. The 32-foot ...

Gundy v. United States
Docket Number: 17-6086
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 20, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), intended to combat sex crimes and crimes against children, requires a broad range of sex offenders to register and imposes criminal penalties; 34 U.S.C. 20913 describes ...

McDonough v. Smith
Docket Number: 18-485
Court: US Supreme Court
Date: June 20, 2019

Justia Opinion Summary: McDonough processed ballots as a board of elections commissioner in a Troy, New York primary election. Smith was specially appointed to investigate and to prosecute a case of forged absentee ballots in that election. McDonough ...