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June 2016: Trial Practice Update

Jury Selection—Batson v. Kentucky Is Alive and Well. Last month the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Foster v. Chatman, 578 U.S. (2016), reaffirming its 30-year-old decision in Batson v....more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #6

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases on June 23, 2016: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 14-981: Petitioner Abigail Fisher applied for admission to the University of Texas at...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on June 6, 2016: Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15-109: Respondent Walter Himmelreich, an inmate at a federal prison, brought two suits against prison...more

Supreme Court Decides Foster v. Chatman

On May 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Foster v. Chatman, No. 14-8349, holding that it was clearly erroneous for a state habeas court to decide that a criminal defendant failed to show purposeful...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on May 19, 2016: CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, No. 14-1375: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) brought a suit in its own name...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #6

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision on March 30, 2016: - Luis v. United States, No. 14-419: Petitioner Sila Luis was charged with various health care related crimes. Pursuant to a federal...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Might Foreshadow Expansion of the Qualified Immunity Defense in Excessive Force Cases

The past several years have seen a slew of high-profile excessive force cases, often highlighted by cell phone or dash-cam video. These cases have placed increasing pressure on local police departments, which continue to...more

Qualified Immunity and Deadly Car Chases: Is the Pendulum Heading the Other Way?

The past several years have seen a slew of high-profile excessive force cases against law enforcement officers, often highlighted by cell phone video. These cases have placed increasing pressure on local police departments,...more

Cities Left on Their Own in Gun Control Ordinances … For Now

The United States Supreme Court recently declined review of a lower court decision upholding a City of Highland Park, Ill. ordinance banning the sale and possession of semiautomatic guns that carry more than 10 rounds of...more

The Connecticut Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and Pope Francis all address the death penalty

Are alleged sentencing arbitrariness in death penalty cases and a shift in public opinion setting the death penalty on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court? Last year, of the 31 states that allow capital punishment only seven...more

Court Denies Spoliation Motion, Stating that Sanctions would not Alter Case Outcome (New York)

Deanda v. Hicks, 2015 WL 5730345 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2015)- In this constitutional rights violation case, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally engaged in the spoliation of audio and video tapes...more

Supreme Court Update: Maryland V. Kulbicki (14-848) And Order List

… und willkommen zurück! Oktober Term 2015 kicks off today with argument in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs (13-1067), a case which explores the contours of the commercial-activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign...more

From A Spark To A Flame

Amazing news here in Alabama this week, as the Southern Poverty Law Center announced that 54 towns across the State are ending their contracts with private probation company Judicial Correction Services. Those who have...more

Supreme Court Update: Glossip V. Gross (15-7955) And Order List

We're back with our final Update of OT14, covering Glossip v. Gross (15-7955), a doubly divisive death-penalty case, and providing a roundup of the Court's orders over the last few weeks. (Did you think we'd forgotten about...more

Supreme Court Update: Texas Department Of Housing And Community Affairs V. The Inclusive Communities Project (13-1371) And Johnson...

A few hours ago, the gavel banged a close to October Term 2014, after the release of the final three decisions of the term—Glossip v. Gross (14-7955), holding that the use of a particular drug in a three-drug execution...more

Supreme Court Update: Comptroller v. Wynne (13-485) And San Francisco v. Sheehan (13-1412)

We're back with the two remaining decisions from Monday, Comptroller v. Wynne (13-485) and San Francisco v. Sheehan (13-1412), two split decisions featuring strange bedfellows. The Justices' philosophical differences...more

Transgender Native American Prisoner Denied Access to Sweat Lodge and Unsatisfied with the Alternative Sues under RLUIPA: More on...

Corrections Corporation of America (Dist. Idaho 2015) because the decision reflects a recent trend in RLUIPA cases: close judicial scrutiny as to whether a compelling government interest is furthered by “the least restrictive...more

White House Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, pursuant to authority contained in the recently enacted Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act (Act), President Obama issued an executive order (EO) declaring a national emergency with...more

What is Excessive Force? Don’t ask the experts!

We are all very familiar with the recent incidents that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. These two incidents brought to the national spotlight (yet again) the difficult, split-second decision making required...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Felony Everything [Video]

Mar. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton argues that resisting arrest should be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. Scott thinks that a bad idea....more

Federalism and States' Rights -- A Never Ending Battle

Is Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore out of touch with reality? How can a State Supreme Court Judge defy the ruling of a United States District Court? Because he feels he can. Remember Little Rock, Arkansas in 1954 and the...more

How the Rise in Undercover Investigations is Changing the Law  [Video]

Jan. 19, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law, talks with Lee Pacchia about the dramatic rise in undercover investigations and their effect on the legal defense of entrapment....more

A Moment of Simple Justice - A Prosecutor's Duty [Video]

Jan. 12, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Did District Attorneys Robert McCulloch and Daniel Donovan fulfill their ethical duties in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner?...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Undercover Lover  [Video]

Jan. 5, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Undercover cops are faced with difficult decisions every minute of their day while on duty, but is fathering a child with a target going too far? According to Scott, drawing the line between...more

Supreme Court Update: Carroll V. Carman (14-212), Johnson V. City Of Shelby (13-1318) And Order List

Greetings, Court fans! We're back with decisions two and three of OT14 (did you already forget about Lopez v. Smith?) as well as last week's news of cert petitions granted and likely to be granted. Police officers...more

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