The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a police officer who provided information from a police license plate database to an acquaintance in exchange for around $5,000 did not violate the law. Read More.
Tech industry groups argue that the law violates the Constitution by exposing social media companies to potential fines and lawsuits based on their application of content moderation rules. Read More.
A class action lawsuit was filed against Roblox Corporation in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. The lawsuit alleges that Roblox, in a "sham 'content moderation'" scheme, deletes content paid for by users without providing refunds on the grounds that the content violates the platform's policies. At least 70% of Roblox's users are under the age of 18, and over 50% of Roblox's users are under the age of 13. Read More.
Justices united against “magic words” and judge-made rules on asylum seekers’ credibility
SCOTUSblog, June 12, 2021
Last week in Garland v. Dai and Garland v. Alcaraz-Enriquez, the Supreme Court held that reviewing courts cannot treat an asylum seeker’s testimony as credible unless the agency first finds the applicant credible. The unanimous opinion, penned by Justice Neil Gorsuch, rejected the contrary approach... The post Justices united against “magic words” and judge-made rules on asylum seekers’ credibility appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Supreme Court Limits Sweep of Law on Mandatory Minimum Sentences
The New York Times, June 11, 2021
Violent felonies committed recklessly do not count in deciding whether 15-year terms are required under the Armed Career Criminal Act, the justices ruled.
Court limits definition of “violent felony” in federal gun-possession penalty
SCOTUSblog, June 10, 2021
A fractured Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed the scope of a key phrase in the Armed Career Criminal Act, ruling that crimes involving recklessness do not count as “violent felonies” for the purpose of triggering a key sentencing enhancement. Justice Elena Kagan announced the judgment... The post Court limits definition of “violent felony” in federal gun-possession penalty appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Does Requiring Only Men to Register for the Draft Violate the Constitution?
The New York Times, June 7, 2021
The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether one of the last sex-based distinctions in federal law should survive now that women can serve in combat.
The U.S. Supreme Court Takes a Step toward Defunding the Police
Justia's Verdict, June 2, 2021
Cornell Law professor Sherry F. Colb comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Caniglia v. Strom, holding that police may not enter a private home to perform a “community caretaking” function without having a search warrant. Professor Colb suggests that by recognizing limits on the authority of law enforcement officers to enter a home without a warrant in these circumstances, the Court may be implicitly adopting the message of “defunding the police” by reallocating a non-police function to better-suited responders, such as social workers or mental health experts.
Public Information Officer Kathleen L. Arberg Retirement Announcement
Supreme Court of the United States, June 2, 2021