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Legal news from Tuesday, May 27, 2014
by Max Slater

The US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Florida law permitting the death penalty for criminal defendants whose IQ is greater than 70 violates the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution. The case, Hall v. Florida involved a defendant who was sentenced to death for killing a pregnant woman and a …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 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. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community 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 seq.] outside of Indian lands. In this case the state …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted certiorari 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 other states. Maryland allows such a credit against its state …

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