April 22, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Horne v. Department of Agriculture over a government program that requires California raisin farmers to turn over a portion of their crop. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (AMAA) and the California Raisin Marketing Order ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that time limits under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) are subject to equitable tolling. In a 5-4 vote in United States v. June and United States v. Wong, the justices ruled that the deadline for filing suit against the federal government for negligence ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in McFadden v. United States to determine what level of knowledge is required for a narcotics conviction. The question originally before the court was whether, to convict a defendant of distribution of a controlled substance analogue, the ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Alabama and 12 other states filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in support of the three-drug combination being used in Oklahoma for executions. Lethal injection executions in many states have been put on hold until the Supreme Court considers Glossip v. Gross, a case ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The Delaware Senate voted 11-9 Thursday to repeal the death penalty. The legislation is being sponsored by Senator Karen Peterson and includes an exemption for the 15 inmates currently on Delaware's death row, who will face death by lethal injection. Delaware is one of 32 states that employ ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order to increase penalties against foreign cybersecurity threats. The executive order establishes sanctions against individuals or entities outside the US that engage in "significant malicious cyber-enabled activity." The new sanctions ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases titled Kansas v. Carr, consolidating them for oral argument. These cases examine whether the Eighth Amendment right to an "individualized sentencing" was violated by the decision not to sever the sentencing phase of a co-defendant's ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Sheriffs from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging Colorado's recreational marijuana law. The sheriffs are asking the court to strike down Amendment 64, the legislation legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, and to close Colorado's licensed marijuana ...[read more]

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