Tag Archive: Supreme Court

Aug 23 2016

Of Mice and Men and Death in Texas: SCOTUS to Review Use of “Lennie” Standard in Death Penalty Cases

In 2002, the Supreme Court of the United States in Atkins v. Virginia ruled that executing an intellectually disabled person was a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.” Here’s what Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in his opinion:”Construing and applying the Eighth Amendment in the light of …

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Jun 21 2016

Latest Warrant Decision by SCOTUS Ignores Reality

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that evidence found by police officers after illegal stops may be used in court if the officers conducted their searches after learning that the defendants had outstanding arrest warrants. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority in the 5-to-3 decision, said such searches do not violate the Fourth Amendment …

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Mar 22 2016

Supreme Court Issues First Split Decision Since Scalia’s Death

The Supreme Court today issued its first evenly split ruling since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: a decision in a minor banking case called Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore involving spouses who serve as guarantors for each other’s debts. The spouses claimed that they were forced to sign the guaranties due to their …

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Dec 10 2015

Trump’s Stance on Muslim Immigration Would Very Likely Be Legal

He’s rude; he’s divisive; he’s boorish; he’s bombastic. But under the current state of the law, if Donald Trump became President and he issued a ban on all Muslim immigration, it would likely get upheld by the Supreme Court. If anything, Trump’s statement highlights the importance of making sure everyone votes in the 2016 election …

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