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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Federal Justice Statistics, 2011-2012

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Statistics,Supreme Court/courts


Offers data on the annual activity, workloads, and outcomes associated with the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment.  See also the Federal Justice Statistics, Statistical Tables for 2011 and 2012.  Also examines trends in drug arrests. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Holt v. Hobbs

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

Supreme Court decision that U.S. law permits a prisoner to grow a beard if it is in accord with his religious beliefs.   Arkansas permitted beards only for prisoners with diagnosed skin conditions.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Special Prosecutors: Investigations and Prosecutions of Police Use of Deadly Force

Categories: African Americans,Crime/Justice,Federal State Relations,Supreme Court/courts

Considers the need for and process by which special prosecutors would be brought into play to carry out investigations of police use of deadly force and whether such incidents should involve federal authorities.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Heien v. North Carolina

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

8-1 Supreme Court ruling that a cop’s reasonable mistake in interpreting the law was not sufficient cause to overturn a conviction.  The case involved a defendant who was convicted of cocaine possession when his car was stopped for a broken brake light.  The court ruled that searches and seizures based on mistakes of fact may be reasonable.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University


Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Marriage/Family,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

Describes the status of same-sex marriage laws in the U.S., including a list of the states that currently allow same-sex marriage and a historical sketch of developments since 1993.   From the National Conference of State Legislatures


Supreme Court of Virginia Justices, 1779-Present

Categories: Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

Portraits and biographical information of justices who have served on the Supreme Court of Virginia.  From the Virginia State Law Library


The Trouble with Amicus Facts

Categories: Crime/Justice,Lobbying,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

The paper about how advocacy is infecting “friend of the court” briefs and damaging the impartiality of the judicial process which earned a William and Mary law school professor a guest spot on the Stephen Colbert show.  William and Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-273  From the Social Science Research Network


Ozone Air Quality Standards: EPA’s 2015 Revision

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

The Environmental Protection Agency has until December 1, 2014 to review and propose changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  This report discusses the standard-setting process, the specifics of the current and most recent reviews of the current standards, and issues that may be raised such as whether the benefits justify the costs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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