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SCOTUS: Trademarks Aren't Government Speech

Potentially offensive names, even those considered racial slurs, in this case an Asian band called The Slants, have been granted First Amendment protection by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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SCOTUS' Qualified Immunity Decision Favors Bush Administration Officials in 9/11 Case

Several former officials in the George W. Bush administration have been granted qualified immunity for their actions after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

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Supreme Court Knocks Down N.C. Law Keeping Sex Offenders off Social Media

Packingham v. North Carolina isn’t all bad news for states trying to restrict sex offenders from meeting minors online. In its opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court gives state legislatures a little advice on how to write such statutes constitutionally.

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SCOTUS Will Consider Partisan Gerrymanding Case

In Gill v. Whitford the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether and when it is possible to bring a claim that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

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SCOTUS Orders North Carolina Court to Review Redistricting Case

In North Carolina v. Covington, the U.S.Supreme Court issued a three-page unauthored opinion ordering a North Carolina district court to reconsider its decision to remedy unconstitutional racial gerrymandering by truncating existing legislators’ terms and holding a special election.

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Supreme Court Rules for City in Standing Case

Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first opinion in a case involving state and local government doesn’t tell us much. He simply joined a brief, unanimous opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito involving lawsuit interveners and standing.

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SCOTUS to Review Warrantless Searches of Cellphone Location Data

In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether police must obtain warrants per the Fourth Amendment to require wireless carriers to provide cell-site data.

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Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the recent decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily preventing the president’s revised travel ban from going into effect.

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Supreme Court Accepts Ohio Election Law Case

States and local governments have an interest in their voter rolls being accurate. Voters have an interest in remaining registered to vote. These interests collide in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute.

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North Carolina Loses Supreme Court Redistricting Case

North Carolina has had a tough time in the U.S. Supreme Court lately. Last week the court refused to review the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's decision holding that North Carolina’s voter ID law is unconstitutional and violates the Voting Rights Act. This week it concluded two congressional districts are unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

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