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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Supreme Court/courts

Supreme Court ruling that a law banning political apparel in voting places was too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.  The law resulted in voters being turned away if they wore t-shirts with certain slogans and logos, such as “Don’t Tread on Me.”  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Knight First Amendment Institute et al v. Donald Trump et al

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

Text of judicial decision in U.S. District Court which ruled that, consistent with the First Amendment, a public official such as the president could not block a person from his Twitter account in response to political views expressed by the person.  From the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

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

5-4 Supreme Court decision that Ohio was not in violation of federal law by purging inactive voters from their voting rolls.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Report of the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group to the Judicial Conference of the United States

Categories: Govt Personnel,Headlines,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

Text of the report ordered by Chief Justice John Roberts to examine safeguards for protecting court employees from inappropriate conduct in the judicial workplace.  The report was commissioned after news accounts of inappropriate conduct, especially sexual misconduct, toward employees by judges.  From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts



Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado

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

Divided Supreme Court ruling that Colorado’s antidiscrimination laws violated a baker’s free exercise of religion.  Baker Jack Phillips, proprietor of the cakeshop, refused on religious grounds, to bake a cake for the wedding of a gay couple.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School


Collins v. Virginia

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

8-1 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a conviction and reaffirmed that police need a warrant to enter private property to search for stolen goods.  The case involved a suspected stolen motorcycle sitting on a driveway.  Collins had been charged with receiving stolen goods after police searched the motorcycle without a warrant.  The Virginia Supreme Court had affirmed the conviction. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School



SEC Action Lookup—Individuals

Categories: Crime/Justice,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Identifies individuals who have been named as defendants in federal court actions related to investments.  Covers individuals charged in federal legal actions since October 1, 2014.  From the Securities and Exchange Commission


Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis et al

Categories: Headlines,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision that allows companies to require workers to settle employment  disputes through individualized arbitration proceedings rather than class action lawsuits.  The decision favors the Federal Arbitration Act over the National Labor Relations Act. From the Cornell University Legal Information Institute


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