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Supreme Court to hear insanity defense, employment discrimination cases

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari in two cases, including one involving the insanity defense in criminal trials. In Clark v. Arizona, the Court will consider the constitutionality of an Arizona law that limits admission of evidence of a mental defect and prohibits the defense that the accused did not understand the nature and quality of the crime he has been charged with. The Court's decision to hear the case marks a departure from a decade of justices' denials to consider similar claims involving the insanity defense. AP has more. In the second case, the Court takes up employment discrimination and will decide how much discretion employers have when transferring workers who say they have been discriminated against. The Court will determine what constitutes "materially adverse" changes in employment when an employee who has complained of discrimination is transferred to another job. AP has more. Read the Court's full Order list [PDF].

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