Legal news from Tuesday, May 27, 2014

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Tuesday that a Florida law permitting the death penalty for criminal defendants whose IQ is greater than 70 violates the Eighth Amendment [text] of the US Constitution. The case, Hall v. Florida [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] involved a defendant who was … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment [text]. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 Tuesday in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that tribal sovereign immunity bars a state from suing in federal court to enjoin a tribe from violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) [25 USC § 2701 et … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Comptroller v. Wynne [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residents—wherever earned—by mandating a credit for taxes paid on income earned in … [read more]

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