Supreme Court Review 2014/2015 TERM


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 (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.

Oral Arguments - Prison Beards and Religious Liberty (10/11/2014)

On this episode we review the oral arguments in Holt v. Hobbs, a case which asks whether a prison's policy that all inmates must be clean-shaven, even those whose religion require beard growth, is valid under federal law.

Introduction to the 2014-15 Term (10/06/2014)

May police officers base the reasonable suspicion necessary to effect a traffic stop on a mistake of law and may they detain you after giving you a ticket so that a drug dog can sniff your car? Is a prison's no-beard policy constitutional as applied to a person whose religion requires men to have beards? Does mere possession of a short-barreled shotgun by a convicted felon constitute a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act? Does subjective intent matter when a statement on social media is objectively threatening? How far do companies have to go to accommodate their pregnant employees? Are teachers agents of law enforcement for the purpose of child abuse inquiries? We discuss these questions among others.