Supreme Court Review 2013/2014 TERM


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

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Special Episode - Campaign Finance - This Week's Decision in McCutcheon v. FEC (04/05/2014)

This week the Court issued one of its most anticipated opinions of the term in a controversial campaign finance case. The Court decided whether limits on the total amount of money an individual is permitted to spend in an election cycle on donations to candidates, parties and political action committees is constitutional. We review the details of the Court's decision.

This Week at the United States Supreme Court (03/29/2014)

Should for-profit corporations be able to tailor their employees health insurance coverage to the religious beliefs of the corporation's owners? Are secret service agents personally liable if they move a group of protestors solely based on the viewpoints the protestors are expressing even if the move can also be explained using a security based rationale?

This Week at the United States Supreme Court (03/08/2014)

Is the Florida scheme for preventing the execution of the mentally retarded under-inclusive and a violation of the 8th Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment? Is an Arkansas prison beard growing policy necessary for security purposes or a violation of a federal law protecting religious freedoms?

This Week at the United States Supreme Court (03/01/2014)

Does the EPA have the power to regulate greenhouse gases emitted by stationary sources, such as power plants, under the Clean Air Act when doing so would require the EPA to substantively alter a statute to do so? Can police after arresting a person who voiced an objection to a search of his home, return an hour later and search his home based on the consent of his live-in girlfriend? May police search a cell phone instant to a lawful arrest or must they obtain a warrant first? Does military jurisdiction for the purposes of a federal trespass statute extend to a protest area on a public roadway easement that runs through a military installation?

Special Episode - Recent Patent Law Decisions (02/20/2014)

On this episode we consider the Supreme Court's newfound interest in Patent Law and its battle to correct several misinterpretations of prior Supreme Court precedent by the Federal Circuit. We also update you on the most recent Patent Law cases before the Court.