Entries for January 2014


Qualified immunity cases are never pretty because they always involve an allegation that a government official violated the law (and usually not just any law but the Constitution). Add the use of deadly force in a high speed chase and things go from bad to worse.

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Category: Public Policy
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Utah Legislators' Email Available Online

This week, Utah lawmakers began posting their email correspondence for anyone to see on the legislature’s website. An online repository was created for the emails, after S.B. 94, sponsored by Senator Curt Bramble was enacted last year.

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Category: Legislators
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The State and Local Legal Center typically files Supreme Court briefs which argue that federal law shouldn’t apply. If the court disagrees with the center, generally state law will be preempted or declared unconstitutional. In Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States the center takes the unusual position that federal law should apply. But this isn’t your usual case.   

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SoS and Elections - A Mixed Bag of Responsibilities

Over the past few years, secretaries of state have regularly made national news for elections-related moves.

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Category: Elections
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