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NLRB v. SW General Inc

Categories: Headlines,Labor/Employment,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

6-2 Supreme Court ruling that limits the president’s power to fill vacant government positions when nominations are delayed by partisan political fights.  The case involved an acting  general consul who served for over three years on the National Labor Relations Board without winning Senate approval.  The case was brought by an Arizona ambulance company accused of unfair labor practices.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Judicial Business 2016

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

Presents statistics on the work of the federal judiciary over the past year, compares data for this year with prior years, and explains reasons for increases or decreases in caseloads.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Gloucester County School Board v. G.G, By His Next Friend and Mother, Deirdre Grimm

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

Docket for the case involving a transgender youth from Virginia. Includes 3/6/17 decision of Supreme Court to remand the case to the lower court, following issuance of new guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice. At issue is whether federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in education also cover issues of gender identity.  From the Supreme Court


Pena-Rodriquez v. Colorado

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Hispanics,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

5-3 decision of the Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a defendant charged with sexual misdemeanors when it was learned a juror had uttered racially-biased anti-Hispanic comments in the jury room.  The case pitted concerns about racial bias against the premise that jury deliberations should be confidential.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


The Scalia Vacancy in Historical Context: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,History,Supreme Court/courts

Discusses the issues around the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the longest since 1861, caused by the death of Justice Scalia in February 2016.  From


Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

Near unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that sends a Virginia redistricting case back to the lower court to reconsider whether the legislative district lines were drawn to harm African American voters.  The court ruled that the three judge panel of the lower court had not applied the right standards in deciding the lines were constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


The Essential Neil Gorsuch Reader: What Judge Gorsuch Cases Should You Read?

Offers links to key opinions written by the nominee for the Supreme Court arranged according to categories of law at issue.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. District Court Vacancies at the Beginning and End of the Obama Presidency: Overview and Comparative Analysis

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

Contrasts the reduced number of federal district court openings at the conclusion of the Clinton and Bush terms with the large increase in openings at the end of the Obama term, due largely to Senate inaction during the last two years of the Obama presidency.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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