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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Interveners Must Have Standing

The Supreme Court accepts all kinds of cases involving states and local governments. Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates involves a long, complicated story and legal issue.

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Supreme Court to Define Contours of False Arrest Claims

So consider this situation: You're a police officer,  you arrest someone because the situation seems suspicious and you don't believe the person is telling the truth—and there is evidence you are right.

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Court to Wisconsin: Redraw Districts Now

A federal court has ruled unanimously that Wisconsin can't wait until its redistricting case is heard by the Supreme Court to redraw the state's legislative maps because they were too partisan in favor of Republicans.

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What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for States and Local Governments

The authors of "Searching for Scalia" evaluated who on President Donald Trump’s list of potential nominees to replace Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court would be most like Scalia—the originalist, the textualist, and, most important, the conservative. The winner: Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch! 

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Refugee Executive Order Challenged

President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order has resulted in confusion and lawsuits that will continue to be resolved in the upcoming months.

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SLCC Brief Argues States May Limit Sex Offenders' Access to Social Media

Balancing the rights of sex offenders and protecting children in particular from sex offenders has been a challenge for states for some time.

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Executive Orders 101

Executive orders are controversial because no provision of the Constitution explicitly authorizes them. Regardless, they have been used by every president—except one, William Henry Harrison—since George Washington. 

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SCOTUS to Rule on Which Lower Court May Rule on WOTUS

We are one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court deciding the ultimate question regarding the “waters of the United States” regulations, which is, of course: "Are they lawful?"

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Trump May Need Justice Kennedy's Vote to Accomplish Regulatory Agenda

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to get rid of numerous federal regulations adopted by the Obama administration. Impossible, many say, but if there is one man who may be able to make this happen it is U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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SCOTUS Gives Police Officer Victory on Qualified Immunity

Each term the U.S. Supreme Court reverses a number of lower court decisions denying police officers qualified immunity. White v. Pauly is the first of such cases this term. It is a win for law enforcement—but one which could have been bigger.

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