» Challengers notify justices about additional developments in census case
24/06/19 18:42 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
The Supreme Court is expected to rule any day now on the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. Despite that looming deadline, the wrangling over new evidence, some of ...

» A “view” from the courtroom: From the T-shirt shop to the high seas
24/06/19 16:42 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
With 12 opinions remaining, no one expects today to be the last day of the court’s term. Still, there is an air of anticipation and some special guests are in the courtroom this morning. In the public gallery, the second group of high-sc...

» Opinion analysis: Vagueness doctrine as a shield for criminal defendants
24/06/19 14:25 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
Today, as expected, the Supreme Court invalidated 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(B). In United States v. Davis, the court declared that the categorical approach is dead, and with it Section 924(c)(3)(B). Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for...

» Justices bulk up next term’s docket
24/06/19 13:06 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
This morning the Supreme Court issued orders from last week’s conference. The justices granted review in eight cases, for a total of five hours of argument, including in a trio of cases involving the federal government’s failure to fully...

» Opinion analysis: Presence of in-state beneficiaries alone insufficient for state to assert jurisdiction to tax trust income
22/06/19 11:28 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court on Friday held that North Carolina’s efforts to tax the income of a trust based on the trust beneficiary’s residence in the state violated the Constitution’s due process clause. The case arose wh...

» Opinion analysis: Court overrules takings precedent, allowing more suits in federal court
22/06/19 09:32 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
In its long-awaited opinion in Knick v. Township of Scott, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that plaintiffs alleging that local governments have violated the takings clause may proceed directly in federal court, rather than first litiga...

» Opinion analysis: Felons-in-possession must know they are felons
21/06/19 19:16 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
In order to convict an unauthorized immigrant for gun possession, a federal prosecutor must prove not only that the defendant knew he possessed the gun but also that he knew he was out of immigration status, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 o...

» A “view” from the courtroom: “We break no new legal ground”
21/06/19 15:46 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
It’s a blustery day in Washington as the court prepares for opinions. I’m tempted to call it a “rare” Friday session, but the justices issued opinions on this equivalent Friday last term, and they did the same in 2015 with the momentous ...

» Opinion analysis: Justices reverse death sentence for Mississippi inmate
21/06/19 13:42 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
In 2010, Curtis Flowers stood trial for the 1996 murders of four people in a Mississippi furniture store. The local district attorney, Doug Evans, who is white, struck five of the six potential black jurors in the jury pool, resulting in...

» Opinion analysis: Court dodges question (for now) whether the Hobbs Act is ordinary or extraordinary administrative law
21/06/19 12:54 from SCOTUSblog » Cases and Controversies
Yesterday the Supreme Court handed down its decision in PDR Network v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic. The court unanimously agreed to vacate and remand the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Such unanimity, howeve...

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