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]
January 31, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 31, 2006, the US Senate voted 58-42 to approve the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to serve as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Alito replaced Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who had announced her retirement the previous July. ...[read more]
April 22, 2010
by Andrew Wood
Matthew Liebman: The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in defense of 18 U.S.C. Section 48, so we are obviously disappointed by the Court's opinion in United States v. Stevens. Nevertheless, we are heartened by Justice Alito's dissent and the way in which the majority ch... ...[read more]
January 20, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in South Carolina v. North Carolina that the Catawba River Water Supply Project (CRWSP), and Duke Energy Carolinas may intervene in the water dispute between the two states, but that the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, may not. A special master ...[read more]
March 25, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Steve Simpson: In the case of Citizens United v. FEC, the US Supreme Court confronted the inescapable logic of the campaign finance laws: if the government can ban a broadcast advertisement that is paid for by a corporation, then it can ban movies and even books as well. In fact, during the a... ...[read more]

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