Supreme Court Review 2015/2016 TERM
THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2016


A weekly discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent opinions, oral arguments and grants of certiorari.

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Decision - Heffernan v. Paterson, N.J. (04/30/2016)

On this episode we review the Court's decision in Heffernan v. Paterson, N.J., which considered whether the First Amendment bars the government from demoting a public employee based on a supervisor's perception that the employee supports a political candidate, even if that perception is inaccurate.

May States Criminalize the Refusal to Submit to a Breathalyzer Test? (04/23/2016)

On this episode, we review the oral arguments this week in three consolidated cases, known as Birchfield v. North Dakota, in which the Court considers whether in the absence of a warrant, a State may make it a crime for a person to refuse to take a chemical test to detect the presence of alcohol in the person’s blood.

The Full Faith and Credit Clause and Fairness (04/22/2016)

On this episode we review the Court's opinion this week in California Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt, which considers whether the Constitution permits a Nevada Court to apply a rule of Nevada law that awards damages against California that are greater than it could award against its own state in similar circumstances.

Does a Ban on Stun Guns Infringe the 2nd Amendment? (03/25/2016)

On this episode, we review the Court's decision this week in Caetano v. Massachusetts, wherein a women in Massachusetts was convicted of violating a Massachusetts' statute outlawing the possession of stun guns, which she carried for purposes of self-defense after separating from her abusive former partner. The Court considered whether a stun gun an "arm" within the meaning of the Second Amendment and whether Massachusetts' blanket prohibition on the possession of stun guns infringes the right of the people to keep and bear arms under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments?

Lightning Round - Who is Judge Merrick Garland? (03/20/2016)

On this episode, we offer a short summary of the life and career of President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.