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Petitions of the week: Three Second Amendment petitions and a Wiretap Act claim against Facebook

Posted Fri, January 15th, 2021 1:41 pm by Andrew Hamm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether Facebook plug-ins violate the Wiretap Act and whether the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms outside the home or after a conviction for a nonviolent […]

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Justices issue more orders from Friday’s conference, decline to fast-track election-related cases

Posted Mon, January 11th, 2021 2:10 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Monday morning issued more orders from the justices’ private conference last week. After adding 14 new cases to their docket for the term on Friday afternoon, the justices were not expected to grant review in additional cases on Monday – and […]

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Petitions of the week: Four petitions that test the limits on lawsuits against the government

Posted Fri, January 8th, 2021 3:04 pm by Andrew Hamm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider cases and statutes about suing various government entities, ranging from two counties to a state governor to the United States itself. Three of the petitions involve women seeking redress from counties and […]

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Petitions of the week: Federal funding for sanctuary cities and another dispute about the border wall

Posted Thu, December 24th, 2020 11:30 am by Andrew Hamm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to delve further into contentious issues of immigration policy. One group of cases challenges the Trump administration’s attempt to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities. Another case involves certain construction projects that are part […]

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Divided court reinstates Arizona inmate’s death sentence

Posted Mon, December 14th, 2020 12:56 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court issued orders on Monday from the justices’ private conference last week. The justices had already granted one case, involving class certification in a securities-fraud case, from that conference on Friday, so it was no surprise that they did not add any new […]

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Petitions of the week: Re-opening church doors and opening evidentiary doors

This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, more First Amendment challenges to pandemic-related restrictions and whether a criminal defendant can “open the door” to rebuttal testimony that otherwise would violate the Sixth Amendment. Two petitions from churches bring First Amendment claims against state restrictions related to […]

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Justices agree to review legality of Medicaid work requirements

Posted Fri, December 4th, 2020 5:39 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court announced on Friday afternoon that it would weigh in on the legality of the Trump administration’s approval of Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and New Hampshire. In a brief order, the justices granted review in Azar v. Gresham and Arkansas v. Gresham […]

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Petitions of the week: Telework taxation, a Kentucky abortion law, background checks at traffic stops and more

Posted Fri, December 4th, 2020 4:31 pm by Andrew Hamm This week we highlight cert petitions — and one original action — that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether Massachusetts may tax New Hampshire teleworkers, whether Kentucky’s attorney general may step in to defend a Kentucky abortion restriction, and whether police […]

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Relist Watch Select

John Elwood Relist Watch Posted Thu, December 3rd, 2020 5:03 pm Posted Thu, December 3rd, 2020 5:03 pm by John Elwood John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. I really am stretched thin this week, so we’re offering the affordable luxury of Relist Watch SelectTM. Both cases involve the authority of the secretary of health and human […]

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No new grants from Friday’s conference

Amy Howe Independent Contractor and Reporter Posted Mon, November 23rd, 2020 10:41 am Posted Mon, November 23rd, 2020 10:41 am by Amy Howe After adding two new cases to their merits docket for the current term on Friday, the justices did not grant any new petitions for review in an order list released on Monday […]