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SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade

In a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization the U.S Supreme Court has held there is no right to an abortion under the U.S. Constitution.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down 'Proper Cause' Requirement To Carry a Gun in Public

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that states and local governments may not require “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry a handgun outside the home.

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SCOTUS Holds Police Officers Can’t Be Liable for Failing to Mirandize

In Vega v. Tekoh the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that police officers can’t be sued for money damages for failing to recite Miranda rights.

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May States Prosecute Non-Indians Who Commit Crimes Against Indians in Indian Country?

In Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether a state has authority to prosecute non-Indians who commit crimes against Indians in Indian country.

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Detailing Significant Trends in Law Enforcement Legislation

The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 and the nationwide focus on law enforcement policy that followed kicked off an unprecedented state legislative response. Over the next year, more than 3,000 bills were considered across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with most states enacting significant legislation.

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Failure to Mirandize Means Money Damages

The question in Vega v. Tekoh is whether a police officer can be sued for money damages for failing to provide a Miranda warning.

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Supreme Court To Decide Whether and How Texas and State Officials May Be Sued Over Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Nov. 1 in two cases challenging Texas’s abortion law. S.B. 8, enacted earlier this year, prohibits abortions in Texas after approximately six weeks. It allows private citizens to sue a person who provides an abortion in violation of S.B. 8 or “aids or abets” an abortion.

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Supreme Court Grants Police Officers Qualified Immunity in Two Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the use of force by police officers violates the Fourth Amendment when it is “excessive.”

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Supreme Court Adds Spiritual Advisor Lethal Injection Case to Docket

In Ramirez v. Collier the U.S. Supreme Court may decide whether Texas prison officials violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by disallowing John Henry Ramirez’s spiritual advisor to vocalize prayers and lay his hands on Ramirez as Ramirez is executed by lethal injection. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in this case on Nov. 1.   

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A Real Racket: Combatting Illegal Gambling Machines

Many state legislatures across the country introduced legislation during their 2021 legislative sessions that would strengthen laws designed to combat illegal gambling machines—machines that are not licensed by gaming authorities, not regulated to ensure consumers get a fair shake, and do not provide any tax revenue to state governments.

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