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Supreme Court to Decide Excessive Force Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that excessive force violates the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” The question in Torres v. Madrid is whether police have “seized” someone who they have used force against who has gotten away.   

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Significant Homeless Decision Stands at SCOTUS

In Martin v. City of Boise the 9th Circuit held that if a homeless person has no option of sleeping indoors a city cannot cite him or her for violating an ordinance disallowing sleeping outside in a public space. This significant holding is now final.  

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SCOTUS Tackles Hot-Button Issues This Term

Blazing-button social issues of abortion, immigration, guns and sexual identity are all on the Supreme Court’s docket this term and, says NCSL’s Supreme Court expert Lisa Soronen, it’s no coincidence they all came up at the same time.

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Supreme Court Focuses on Mootness in Gun Case

If you went to the Supreme Court today to check on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health, you were in luck. She asked the very first question (and many after) in oral argument in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York.

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SCOTUS Warns Too Low State Law Campaign Contribution Limits May be Unconstitutional

Following Thompson v. Hebdon, states with low individual-to-candidate or individual-to-group campaign contribution limits may want to review their constitutionality. 

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States, Not Feds, Should Oversee Sports Betting

Since the Supreme Court paved the way for legalized sports betting, 13 states actively operate legal sports betting marketplaces, while several other states have legalized sports wagering and plan to get their systems up and running soon.

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 Court Upholds Net Neutrality But Says States Can Write Their Own Rules

The D.C. Circuit upheld most of the Federal Communications Commission’s 2018 order retreating from net neutrality. But the court struck down the portion of the order disallowing states and local governments from adopting measures preempting the order.

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Might SCOTUS Split on Sexual Orientation and Transgender Employment Discrimination Cases?

When the lines are long and the protesters loud, predicting the path the Supreme Court might take is a perilous practice. Especially if the justice who voted most in the majority last term—Justice Brett Kavanaugh—is nearly silent.

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SCOTUS Hears First Transgender Civil Rights Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could potentially determine the employment rights of transgender individuals. The case, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is the first transgender civil rights case to be heard by the court.

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Supreme Court to Decide Louisiana Abortion Case

The issue the Supreme Court will decide in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee is whether Louisiana’s law requiring physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital conflicts with Supreme Court precedent.

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