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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Qualified Immunity and Gun Cases

On Monday the Supreme Court denied nine petitions involving qualified immunity and 10 petitions involving guns. Had the Court accepted any of these petitions the case would have had significant implications for states and local governments.  

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The doctrine of qualified immunity protects state and local officials from individual liability unless the official violated a clearly established constitutional right. Some of the police reform bills Congress is considering eliminate qualified immunity for state and local police and correctional officers.

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Supreme Court Finds Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in Capital Case

In Andrus v. Texas, the Supreme Court held 6-3 in an unauthored opinion that defense counsel was unconstitutionally ineffective in representing Terrance Andrus in a capital murder case because counsel failed to present mitigating evidence during the sentencing hearing.

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SCOTUS Rules Employers May Be Sued for Sex Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

In a 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the U.S. Supreme Court held that gay and transgender employees may sue their employers under Title VII for discriminating against them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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SCOTUS Rules Against Inmate in Prison Litigation Reform Act Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Lomax v. Ortiz that a dismissal without prejudice for failure to state a claim counts as a strike under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).

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SCOTUS Upholds Lower Court Ruling on California Rule Regarding Church Attendance

Last Friday night, close to midnight, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rejected a request from a number of California churches to strike down the portion of California governor’s stay-at-home order limiting attendance at places of worship to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees.

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SCOTUS Overturns 'Bridgegate' Fraud Convictions

In Kelly v. United States the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the federal fraud convictions of the Bridgegate masterminds because they didn’t seek to obtain money or property.

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With no details or dissents, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for an emergency stay of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision upholding Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order “compelling the closure of the physical operations of all businesses and entities that he deemed to be nonlife-sustaining.” 

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​​​​​​​ How Is Live SCOTUS Oral Argument Different?

Beginning this week for the first time ever the Supreme Court is holding oral argument over the phone and allowing the public to listen in live. Today’s argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania illustrates the myriad ways live, phone argument is different from the traditional in-person version.  

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COVID-19 Closure Case Arrives at SCOTUS

A number of Pennsylvania business owners have requested the U.S. Supreme Court stay enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order “compelling the closure of the physical operations of all businesses and entities that he deemed to be nonlife-sustaining.”

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