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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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.

Decision - Contraceptive Coverage Mandate (07/04/2014)

Whether family owned for profit corporations may refuse to pay for healthcare coverage which includes coverage for certain contraceptives that may have the effect of terminating an already fertilized egg or whether such a religious accommodation would upset a compelling government interest in ensuring that woman have equal and sufficient access to healthcare.

Decision - Presidential Recess Appointments (07/02/2014)

Were President Obama's three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 a valid exercise of his Recess Appointments Power or was the fact that the Senate was convening every three days in pro-forma sessions enough to mean that the Senate was not in Recess, making his appointments unconstitutional?