April 30, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal over Albama's immigration law. In Alabama v. United States the court was asked to consider whether federal law preempts several provisions of Alabama's HB 56. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit struck down a number of the ...[read more]
April 30, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in McBurney v. Young that Virginia has the right to exclude non-residents from accessing state records under its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court determined the law did not violate the Privileges and Immunities Clause of Article IV of the ...[read more]
April 25, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Metrish v. Lancaster the court heard arguments on whether the Michigan Supreme Court violated due process rights when it recognized a state statute that abolished the diminished capacity defense and applied it retroactively to ...[read more]
April 24, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Sekhar v. United States the court heard arguments on whether an attorney's "recommendation" is intangible property that can be gained through bribery, and thus under the jurisdiction of federal extortion law, including the Hobbs ...[read more]
April 24, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Tuesday in Moncrieffe v. Holder that noncitizens have not committed an "aggravated felony" if they are convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana, and are eligible for discretionary review of their immigration case. The Immigration and Nationality Act ...[read more]
April 23, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International the court considered the only First Amendment case this term, on whether the US Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 ...[read more]
April 23, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in one new case on Monday. In DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman the court will consider "whether it violates due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based solely on the fact that an indirect corporate ...[read more]
April 18, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Salinas v. Texas the court considered the boundaries of the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent prior to arrest. Genovevo Salinas was suspected of being involved in a murder. He consented to a search of his home, where police ...[read more]
April 17, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum that nothing in the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS) rebuts the US presumption against extraterritoriality and that suits challenging torture and international law violations that took place overseas cannot be ...[read more]
April 17, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl on who should have rightful custody of Baby Veronica in light of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). A non-Indian woman put her baby, who was fathered by an American Indian, up for adoption. A South Carolina couple ...[read more]

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