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Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

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

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-680

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?

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/essential.pdf

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

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/IN10570.pdf

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

 

State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/view.php?pk_id=0000000860

Special site created with links to daily developments in the judicial case involving the declared travel ban on immigrants from seven nations imposed by President Trump.  From the U.S. Court for the Ninth Circuit

 

Judge Neil Gorsuch

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

https://www.courtlistener.com/person/1250/neil-m-gorsuch/

Private site with biographical information and links to opinions written by Gorsuch.  From Court Listener

 

Neil Gorsuch’s Nomination to the Supreme Court: Initial Observations

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/gorsuch.pdf

Provides background biographical and judicial information.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

Legal Processes for Contesting the Results of a Presidential Election

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44659.pdf

Discusses the nature of U.S. presidential elections, the kinds of complaints that might be raised about voting fraud or misconduct by election officials, and the legal recourses available to complainants. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Processes/Organization,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/AAC6BFFC4C42614C852580490053C38B/$file/15-1177-1640101.pdf

Circuit court decision by a divided three judge panel that calls into question the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.   At issue is whether the CFPB, as an independent federal agency, can be constitutional if headed by a single person rather than a multi-member commission.  PHH, a mortgage lender, had objected to enforcement actions of the CFPB.  From the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

 

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