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SCOTUS Reaffirms Rational Understanding Required for Executions

Madison v. Alabama provides clarity rather than makes new law. In this case the Supreme Court held 5-3 that the Eighth Amendment prohibits a person who lacks a “rational understanding” due to mental illness for why the death penalty has been imposed to be put to death regardless of what mental illness the person is suffering from.  

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SCOTUS: States Can't Discriminate Against Federal Retirees

In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court held in Dawson v. Steager that West Virginia violated a federal statute by taxing all the retirement benefits of former federal law enforcement employees but not certain state law enforcement employees. 

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Supreme Court Decides Civil Forfeiture Case Against States and Local Governments

Indiana sought to forfeit Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover which he used to transport heroin. The trial court concluded the forfeiture was unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause because the value of the vehicle well exceeded the maximum statutory fine for the felony Timbs plead guilty to.

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SCOTUS Rules Defendant is Intellectually Disabled (and Can't Be Executed)

In an unauthored opinion in Moore v. Texas II the Supreme Court concluded Bobby James Moore has intellectual disability. In Atkins v. Virginia (2002) the Supreme Court held that persons with intellectual disability can’t be executed.

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Supreme Court to Decide Groundwater Clean Water Act Case

If a state or local government discharges a pollutant from a point source to a navigable water it must obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA). But what if that pollutant is conveyed in something—say groundwater—between the point source and the navigable water?

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Supreme Court to Review Census Citizenship Question

A case that will determine whether a citizenship question will appear on the 2020 census will be heard in April by the Supreme Court.

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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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