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Recap: Monday at the Supreme Court

Posted By Sharon McCloskey On June 17, 2013 @ 1:36 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Here’s quick run down of today’s action in the U.S. Supreme Court, courtesy of AP, plus links to the decisions and orders:

— Struck down, by a 7-2 vote, Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship law that asks would-be voters for additional documentation before allowing them to register using a federal form designed to make signing up easier. (Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council [1])

— Ruled 5-3 that agreements between the makers of name-brand and generic drugs to delay the generics’ availability can be illegal, an outcome cheered by consumer groups. (FTC v. Actavis [2])

— Held 5-4 that prosecutors in some instances may use a suspect’s silence at an early stage of a criminal investigation against him — before the suspect has been arrested or informed of his constitutional rights. (Salinas v. Texas [3])

— Decided 5-4 that judges may not increase mandatory minimum prison terms when sentencing defendants unless the facts justifying the increase have been found by a jury. (Alleyne v. U.S. [4])

— Barred lawyers, in another 5-4 ruling, from obtaining state driver license records to recruit clients, saying the practice is prohibited by a federal law aimed at shielding motor vehicle information. (Maracich v. Spears [5])

— Agreed to decide in its next term a new dispute involving race, whether federal housing law requires proof of intentional discrimination. (Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens [6])

— Said it would review a state court ruling upholding a $1.24 million defamation judgment against a Wisconsin airline that reported one of its pilots was potentially dangerous, despite a post-9/11 law that encourages airlines to report potential safety threats to federal officials. (Air Wisconsin v. Hoeper [6])

The court will next hand down decisions in some of the 14 merits cases still awaiting decision this term — including highly anticipated and perhaps historical cases involving affirmative action, marriage equality and voting rights — on Thursday, June 20.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-71_7l48.pdf

[2] FTC v. Actavis: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-416_m5n0.pdf

[3] Salinas v. Texas: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-246_7l48.pdf

[4] Alleyne v. U.S.: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-9335_b8cf.pdf

[5] Maracich v. Spears: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-25_4314.pdf

[6] Mt. Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens: http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/061713zor_2dp3.pdf

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