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A weekly discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent opinions, oral arguments and grants of certiorari.
Are disparate-impact claims cognizable under the Fair Housing Act?
The Court has granted review to four new gay marriage cases. The cases will address two questions for review by the Court: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state? On this episode, we review the parties arguments and consider how the Court might address these questions.
Whether 18 U.S.C. § 2113(e), which provides a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for a bank robber who forces another person “to accompany him” during the robbery or while in flight, requires proof of more than a de minimis movement of the victim.
On this episode we review the Court's opinion in Heien v. North Carolina, which considered whether a police officer’s mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion necessary to justify a traffic stop.
May the State of Texas refuse an organization's request for a specialty license plate because their design includes the incorporation of a confederate flag? May a state deny funding to an indigent petitioner who has no other means of obtaining evidence of his mental retardation? Did Congress unconstitutionally delegate its legislative power to Amtrak, a private entity, when it enacted Section 207(a) of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act? May a party moving for a new trial based on juror dishonest during voir dire introduce juror testimony about statements made during deliberations that tend to show the alleged dishonesty.