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Recent Decisions

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.

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.

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Latest Supreme Court News

A Case for Math, Not ‘Gobbledygook,’ in Judging Partisan Voting Maps
The New York Times,
If courts are to combat voting districts warped by politics, a judge wrote, they must take account of advances in social science.

A Case for Math, Not ‘Gobbledygook,’ in Judging Partisan Voting Maps
The New York Times,
If courts are to combat voting districts warped by politics, a judge wrote, they must take account of advances in social science.

Supreme Intelligence
The New York Times,
Joel Fagliano puts roadblocks in our way.

Court bulks up this term’s docket (UPDATED)
SCOTUSblog,
With time running out to add new cases to its merits docket for this term (at least without expedited briefing schedules), the Supreme Court announced this afternoon that it would take on 12 new cases, for a total of 11 additional hours of argument. Today’s order helps the justices to round out their calendar for…

Why Justice Gorsuch May Have Avoided the Word “Privacy” at the Carpenter Oral Argument
Justia's Verdict,
Cornell University law professor Sherry F. Colb comments on the recent oral argument in Carpenter v. United States, in which the US Supreme Court will consider whether the Fourth Amendment requires the government to obtain a warrant before demanding that a cell phone service provider reveal location data about a target’s phone for a certain period of time. Colb notes that during oral argument, the Court’s newest justice, Justice Neil Gorsuch, conspicuously avoided using the word “privacy”—a choice that Colb suggests reflects his views on substantive due process and the rights that flow from that constitutional principle, such as abortion and physician assistance in dying.

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