March 23, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Monday. In Montgomery v Louisiana, the court was asked to determine whether, in light of Miller v. Alabama, collateral review is due retroactively to those sentenced to life in prison while they were still juveniles. Henry Montgomery is ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Frank v. Walker, allowing Wisconsin's voter identification law to stand. Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo ID to vote, was struck down by a federal district court, but reinstated by the US Court of Appeals for the ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Hurst v. Florida to determine "whether Florida's death sentencing scheme violated the Sixth ... or Eighth Amendment." This court granted certiorari in light of its decision in Ring v. Arizona, in which it held that a sentencing judge, sitting ...[read more]
March 9, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Margaret Penrose, of Texas A&M University School of Law, discusses the disarrayed nature of same-sex marriage law in the US today ... Molly Ivins, the renowned Texas satirist, once remarked, "The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly or ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transporation, Inc. that Alabama should be able to justify its decision to assess on railroads a fuel tax that it does not assess on motor carriers. The 7-2 ruling against CSX Transportation Inc. reversed the decision ...[read more]
March 3, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Ocasio v US, two brothers owned an auto repair shop near Baltimore. Over many years, the brothers entered into a kickback scheme with Baltimore police officers to encourage the victims of car accidents to take their automobiles ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a petition to stay an inmate's execution until after the US Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of lethal injection protocols in Oklahoma. This is the stay of execution outside of Oklahoma following the Supreme Court's decision to grant a ...[read more]
February 11, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Lawyers for Abigail Noel Fisher filed a new appeal before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging, for a second time, the University of Texas affirmative action program. This prolonged legal battle began in 2008 when Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Megan Miller
In January 2015, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which upheld state bans on same-sex marriages. The Sixth Circuit's opinion created a circuit split. The US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth ...[read more]
February 7, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
In the wake of US v. Windsor, federal courts across the US confronted the issue of whether individual state bans on same-sex marriage violated the US Constitution. A circuit split emerged after the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld state bans on same-sex marriage, departing from the ...[read more]

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