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A weekly discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent opinions, oral arguments and grants of certiorari.
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?
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.
How broadly may the President interpret his Recess Appointments Power in light of the intransigence of the Senate in confirming his appointees, leading at least one federal agency to become ineffectual? May a company give internet users the ability to stream, record and playback broadcast television programs currently airing without violating the copyrights in those programs? May a person who seeks to have a quiet, non-confrontational conversation with someone outside an abortion clinic be subject to a law that creates a buffer zone around abortion clinics? We discuss these issues and more.
Non-profit religious groups argue that having to sign a form, which excepts them from the contraceptive coverage mandate, is itself an unconstitutional intrusion on their religious beliefs because in signing the form they are deputizing a third party to provide the very coverage they oppose. Justice Sotomayor considers their arguments.
The Court has decided to stay a Utah federal court decision striking down the state's ban on gay marriage. Learn more about the decision.