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A weekly discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent opinions, oral arguments and grants of certiorari.
When a person makes clear to police that they do not want their house searched and a short time later is taken into custody, may the police conduct a warrantless search of the house based on the consent of a co-tenant? Under the federal labor anti-bribery statute, is it illegal for a union to agree not to picket an employer in exchange for the employer's agreement that it will allow union representatives on-the-job access to its employees and will remain neutral as to the subject of unionization?
May a town legislature open every legislative session with a clergy-led prayer given by a prayer-giver that the Town has designated as their “chaplain of the month?” Should steelworkers be compensated under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the time it takes them to put on and take off protective gear at the beginning and end of their shift?
Does a state constitutional amendment which prohibits affirmative action programs at state colleges and universities violate the Equal Protection Clause? May the EPA condition the granting of permits for power plants and industrial factories on adherence to EPA guidelines regarding greenhouse gas emissions, under the theory that the EPA has the authority to engage in a similar regulatory scheme with regard to motor vehicles? Does a person violates federal firearm sales laws when he buys a gun with the intention of selling it to someone else even when the person he intends to sell it to is someone who could have lawfully purchased the gun themselves.
Are aggregate limits on the amount an individual may spend on contributions to political candidates and their parties in a federal election cycle constitutional?
On this episode we consider two cases seeking Supreme Court review this term that ask the Court to decide for the first time whether cell phone searches incident to a lawful arrest are constitutional or instead require a warrant.