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Supreme Court Roundup: From Kavanaugh to Liquor Sales to One Enormous Cross

What do the 2020 census, double jeopardy, an enormous cross and the distribution of alcohol all have in common? They’re are all issues before the Supreme Court this session.

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What's Next for the Affordable Care Act?

While a federal district court struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional on Dec. 14, the ACA and the litigation will continue. The judge didn’t issue a nationwide injunction which would have had the effect of immediately ceasing all aspects of law.

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SCOTUS to Hear Significant Case Involving Power of Federal Agencies

The State and Local Legal Center has been waiting for this day for a long time. In Kisor v. Wilkie the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to overturn Auer deference to federal agencies.

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Supreme Court Sends Dusky Gopher Frog Case Hopping Back to Lower Court

In a decision difficult to understand without context, the Supreme Court held that “critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) must also be habitat.

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Census Goes to SCOTUS

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued a memorandum earlier this year stating a citizenship question would be added to the 2020 census questionnaire.

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Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Enormous Cross Case

In Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission v. American Humanist Association, 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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State and Local Legal Center Files Supreme Court Brief in an Excessive Fines Case

Indiana sought to forfeit Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover which he used to buy and transport heroin.

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Are Durational-Residency Requirements for Alcohol Retailers Constitutional?

The 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution is famous because it repealed prohibition. The second section, which prohibits the transportation or importation of alcohol into a state in violation of state law, is less well-known.

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Supreme Court to Decide if States May Execute Those Who Can’t Remember their Crime

In Madison v. Alabama the Supreme Court will decide whether a state may execute someone whose mental disability leaves him or her with no memory of committing the capital offense.

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Tribal Case of Taxing Travel or Trade on Supreme Court Docket

The issue in Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den Inc. is whether the “right to travel” provision of the Yakama Nation Treaty preempts Washington’s tax and permit requirements for importing fuel.

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