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Supreme Court Rules Dual-Sovereignty Stays

The Double Jeopardy Clause provides that no person may be “twice put in jeopardy” “for the same offence.” Per the “dual-sovereignty” doctrine, the Supreme Court has long held that a “crime under one sovereign’s laws is not ‘the same offence’ as a crime under the laws of another sovereign.”

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Virginia House Lacks Standing to Defend Redistricting Plan

Does one chamber of a state legislature have “standing” to litigate a redistricting case? Not unless state law says so, the Supreme Court ruled.  

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Virginia Wins Uranium Mining Preemption Case

The Supreme Court held 6-3 in Virginia Uranium v. Warren that Virginia’s statute prohibiting uranium mining isn’t preempted by the federal Atomic Energy Act (AEA).

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SCOTUS to Decide Death Penalty Mitigating Factors Case

In McKinney v. Arizona James Erin McKinney wants the Arizona Supreme Court out of his death penalty case.

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SCOTUS to Decide Superfund Case

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian is a complicated case raising three legal issues which the Supreme Court has agreed to decide.

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Aargh! Supreme Court to Decide Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship Case

One can’t help but wonder if the Supreme Court decided to hear Allen v. Cooper because it involves a pirate ship.

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Employers Lose Important Procedural Employment Discrimination Case

A simple way to describe the ruling in Fort Bend County v. Davis is that an employer can’t wait a very long time to tell the court an employee failed to follow a statutorily mandated procedure in an employment discrimination case.

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Supreme Court Upholds Part of Indiana Anti-Abortion Law

As the issue of abortion takes to the courts, all eyes are on anything the Supreme Court has to say about it. 

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Supreme Court Rules for Police Officers in Free Speech Retaliation Case

It has been three cases and nearly a decade in the making but the U.S. Supreme Court has finally ruled in Nieves v. Bartlett that the existence of probable cause defeats a First Amendment retaliatory arrest case … with one, small caveat. 

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SCOTUS Rules Judges, Not Juries, Must Decide Critical Element of State Law Drug Claims

Merck v. Albrecht is a simple issue contained in a long story. 

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