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Supreme Court's Docket Runneth Over

The Friday before and the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a total of nine cases, including a challenge to the President’s executive order allowing undocumented parents of children who are citizens to remain in the United States.

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Supreme Court: Parole Possible for Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court held in Montgomery v. Louisiana that juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole before Miller v. Alabama (2012) was decided may have their sentences reviewed. States can refuse this offer, but as Justice Antonin Scalia points out—why would they?

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Supreme Court Approves Wholesale Demand Response

In a 6-2 decision in FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the authority to regulate wholesale “demand response” and that demand response bidders may receive the same compensation as electricity producers.

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Kansas Must Reconsider Death Penalty for the Carr Brothers

The Wichita Massacre was so bad it got a name. And a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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SCOTUS to Decide Obama's Immigration Action Case

Just when you thought the Supreme Court couldn't pack any more action into this term, now it's being nudged further into history-making territory with the decision to rule on whether President Obama's deferred action immigration program violates federal law or is unconstitutional.

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Blood Alcohol Testing: No Consent, No Warrant, No Crime?

States have worked tirelessly to tackle the problem of drunken driving. The U.S. Supreme Court may take one option off the table this term.

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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Mandatory Union Fee Case

In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to overrule a nearly 40-year-old precedent requiring public sector employees who don’t join the union to pay their “fair share” of collective bargaining costs. More than 20 states have enacted statutes authorizing fair share.

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Immigration and the ACA: A SCOTUS Conference to Remember?

A challenge to President Obama’s immigration deferral program and (another) challenge that could harpoon the Affordable Care Act could make it on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket this term and be decided by the end of June.

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Unfair or Unconstitutional?  The Supreme Court to Decide

You can’t make this stuff up. Really. But that doesn’t mean it is unconstitutional.

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