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SCOTUS Rules Against Inmate in Prison Litigation Reform Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Lomax v. Ortiz that a dismissal without prejudice for failure to state a claim counts as a strike under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).

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SCOTUS Overturns 'Bridgegate' Fraud Convictions

In Kelly v. United States the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the federal fraud convictions of the Bridgegate masterminds because they didn’t seek to obtain money or property.

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​​​​​​​ How Is Live SCOTUS Oral Argument Different?

Beginning this week for the first time ever the Supreme Court is holding oral argument over the phone and allowing the public to listen in live. Today’s argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania illustrates the myriad ways live, phone argument is different from the traditional in-person version.  

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SCOTUS: Gun Case Is Moot

In a two-page per curiam (unauthored) opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, the Supreme Court held that a challenge to New York City’s rule disallowing residents to transport firearms to a second home or shooting range outside of the city is moot.

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Earlier this year more than 70 state lawmakers from 33 states and Puerto Rico gathered in Fort Myers, Fla., to learn about and identify common ground on criminal justice policy.

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State Wins SCOTUS Revoked License Search Case

In an 8-1 opinion the Supreme Court held that a police officer may initiate a traffic stop after learning the registered owner of the vehicle has a revoked license unless the officer has information negating the inference the owner of the vehicle is the driver. 

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Jail Admissions Fall in Wake of COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, some localities have implemented policies designed to significantly reduce jail populations to prepare for or counteract the spread.

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Colorado Abolishes Capital Punishment

Colorado became the 22nd state to abolish capital punishment when Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 100 yesterday.

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SCOTUS: Race Must Be 'But For' Cause in Employment Discrimination Suits

In Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media the Supreme Court held unanimously that a plaintiff who sues under 42 U.S.C. §1981 must plead and prove that race was the but-for cause of his or her injury.

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Barr, 'Five Eyes' Release Principles on Online Child Sexual Exploitation

The recommendations create a baseline framework for companies that provide online services to deter use of the Internet as a tool for sexually exploiting and abusing children.

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