May 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate ...[read more]
April 17, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay on Wednesday preventing the federal government from requiring the Roman Catholic dioceses and its affiliates in Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania to comply with the birth control mandates of the Affordable Care Act. The religious ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit filed ...[read more]
May 21, 2014
by Peter Snyder
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order Tuesday evening halting the execution of Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew. Bucklew's attorneys have asked courts to stay the execution because of Bucklew's medical conditions. According to an affidavit from Dr. Joel B. Zivot, an Assistant ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Burt v. Titlow that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit did not apply an appropriate standard of review when it ruled that counsel was ineffective. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, explaining that, in the context of a prisoner asking a federal ...[read more]
June 24, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Supreme Court on Monday released two opinions that narrow the scope of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, holding that an employer will only be held vicariously liable for an employee's discriminatory conduct if the employee's behavior ends in a tangible employment action against ...[read more]
July 1, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On July 1, 2005, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement from the US Supreme Court. On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the Supreme Court as the first ever female Supreme Court Justice. She was succeeded by Justice Samuel Alito. Justice O'Connor's voting record ...[read more]
October 3, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On October 3, 2005, President George Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court. Miers faced ideological criticism from conservative activist groups, frustrated questioning from the Senate Judiciary ...[read more]
June 28, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 28, 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to bear arms applicable to the states as well as the federal government. The case arose over a Chicago ordinance which effectively banned the ...[read more]
June 16, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 7-2 in Davis v. United States that when the law for what constitutes a legal search changes between a search and an accompanying trial, the evidence is not excluded. Justice Samuel Alito's opinion states that because suppression of the evidence would do ...[read more]

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