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

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This Week at the United States Supreme Court (12/13/2014)

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.

This Week at the United States Supreme Court (12/06/2014)

Are Facebook rants that direct threats at a specific person criminally actionable or does the First Amendment protect such expression? Should a pregnant woman who has been told by her doctor that she can no longer lift heavy boxes at work prevail in a lawsuit against her employer, UPS, who says that they only grant light duty assignments to those who are injured on the job or are disabled. Should a law that directs a minimum ten-year prison sentence for any bank robber who forces a hostage to accompany them be applied to a person who, after attempting to rob a bank, took refuge in the home of a senior citizen and asked them to move nine feet with them into another room of the home? We review the Court's oral arguments this week considering these questions.

This Week at the United States Supreme Court (11/15/2014)

Should a state be able to tax its residents income even if earned out of state and subject to out of state taxes without giving its residents a credit for the taxes they paid to other states? May the Alabama legislature classify voters based on race for redistricting purposes under the rationale that they are simply attempting to maintain the same demographics in their districts as existed prior to the results of a new census? We review the Court's oral arguments considering these questions.

This Week at the United States Supreme Court (11/08/2014)

May the federal government offer tax credits to cover health insurance premiums for those who buy health insurance on exchanges established by the federal government where a statute only permits such credits for insurance purchased on exchanges "established by the state?" Does the mere possession of a short-barreled shotgun constitute a violent felony for the purpose of the Armed Career Criminal Act? May a federal air marshall be protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act for disclosing to media sources a July 2003 memo from the TSA discontinuing air marshals on flight from Las Vegas despite a credible threat of a plot to hijack U.S. airliners?

Oral Arguments - Police Officers' Mistakes of Law (10/12/2014)

On this episode we review the oral arguments heard by the Court this week in Heien v. North Carolina, which consider whether the Fourth Amendment permits Police Officers to effect traffic stops based on a mistaken interpretation of the law.