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NCSL Joins SLCC's Brief in Signicant Agency Deference Case

James Kisor is a Vietnam veteran who participated in Operation Harvest Moon. In 1983, a VA psychiatrist, while noting Kisor’s participation in this operation, determined he didn’t have PTSD. Kisor was denied disability benefits.

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SCOTUS Case: Statute of Limitations on Fabricated Evidence

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in McDonough v. Smith is whether the statute of limitations for a due process fabrication of evidence claim begins to run when the criminal proceedings terminate in the defendant’s favor, or when the defendant becomes aware of the tainted evidence and its improper use.

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Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Drunken Driving Case

The question the Supreme Court will decide in Mitchell v. Wisconsin is whether a statute authorizing a blood draw from an unconscious motorist provides an exception to the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement.

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Supreme Court to Decide Trust Tax Case

In "The Law of Trusts and Trustees," George Gleason Bogert describes trusts as a “legal abstraction: a fiction created to represent the tripartite relationship among a settlor, a trustee, and a beneficiary.”

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SCOTUS to Decide Important Procedural Employment Discrimination Case

The question the Supreme Court will decide in Fort Bend County v. Davis is whether a lawsuit is barred if an employee fails to exhaust administrative remedies with the EEOC first.

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Supreme Court to Decide Gun Case

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York the Supreme Court will decide whether New York City’s ban on transporting a handgun to a home or shooting range outside city limits violates the Second Amendment, the Commerce Clause, or the constitutional right to travel.

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SCOTUS Sends Police Officer Qualified Immunity Case Back to Lower Court

In a per curiam (unauthored) unanimous opinion in City of Escondido v. Emmons, the Supreme Court granted one police officer qualified immunity and instructed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to decide again whether another officer should have been granted qualified immunity.

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State and Local Legal Center Files Amicus Brief in Agency Authority Case

In an amicus brief in PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic Inc. the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) argues that federal courts should be able to refuse to apply federal agency orders which they deem inapplicable even if the orders are covered by the Hobbs Act.

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What’s Next for the Census Citizenship Question?

A federal district court has held that a question about citizenship may not be included in the 2020 census. The Trump administration is likely to appeal this ruling to the Second Circuit, and it is likely the Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the dispute.

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State and Local Legal Center Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in War Memorial Case

In American Legion v. American Humanist Society the Supreme Court will decide whether a local government has violated the First Amendment by displaying and maintaining a 93-year-old, 40-foot tall Latin cross memorializing soldiers who died in World War I. 

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