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Tag: SCOTUS
  • The Hobby Lobby Decision: Why it’s Important to be educated on the issues

    As I was scrolling through my Twitter and Facebook feeds yesterday and today, I was shocked to see how many of my friends and followers had seemingly become legal experts over night.   It seemed that every single person had an opinion on this week’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. While I …

  • Questions Concerning Marriage Equality

    In the midst of the recent Supreme Court rulings concerning marriage equality, I have been mulling over some key factors surrounding marriage, and I’d be interested to know what you think about these questions and issues. 1. What is the difference between a marriage and a relationship? A relationship can occur between many different combinations of …

  • Voting Rights of 1965 SCOTUS Decision

    The Supreme Court of the United States of America on June 25, 2013 struck down the coverage formula found in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Any discussion of mid-20th century civil rights is sure to paint portraits of racial divides and barbaric times of our nation in all justice-minded students of U.S. …

  • SCOTUS In the Spotlight

    This week, the Supreme Court handed down two major decisions that whipped talking heads into a frenzy — for two very different reasons. The first verdict struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in Shelby County vs. Holder, thus ending decades of extra scrutiny for nine states and districts in several others …

  • Polygamist Marriage Is Coming (And No, It’s Not a Slippery Slope Argument)

    The recent Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 are landmark rulings that will play part in defining an era. It remains to be seen whether upcoming reforms will further consolidate federal power or grant autonomy to the states, but these rulings are largely a step in the …

  • SCOTUS: You have to mention the 5th Amendment to use it

    A recent Supreme Court decision gutted the Fifth Amendment, requiring anyone who wishes to use the right to remain silent to first state that they are doing so: Here’s what that means. Basically, if you’re ever in any trouble with police (no, we don’t condone breaking laws) and want to keep your mouth shut, you …

  • The Right to Remain Silent?

    A few weeks ago I came across an article about a case the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear regarding an individual’s right to remain silent before an arrest is made. I found this case surprising because ever since high school when I studiously learned my Miranda rights protections, I assumed I could always refuse …

  • What Went Wrong: Why the Court Upheld Obamacare

    “We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies.  That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders.  We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions.” This has been the primary function of the Supreme Court since Chief Justice John Marshall recognized the court’s check on …

  • Capitalism in America: Lochner v. NY and the Right to Contract

    Lochner v. New York (1905) is one of the most roundly criticized cases in the twentieth century. This is an unfortunate effect that progressivism has had on our academic and legal systems in the United States, because Lochner is actually one of the strongest stances the Supreme Court has ever taken in the defense of individual liberty. …

  • 11th Circuit Rules Individual Health Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional

    In a good news-bad news scenario for lawyers challenging the individual mandate provision of Obamacare, the 11th circuit court in Atlanta ruled the provision unconstitutional by a 2-1 margain, while the 9th circuit court in San Francisco dismissed the case for lack of standing, even though it agreed to hear the case. In the 11th, …