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Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-476

6-3 decision of the Supreme Court that overturned an early 1990s law that prohibited states from setting up gambling operations on sports.  New Jersey challenged the law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, and the court majority ruled that the law violated states’ rights.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

Modes of Constitutional Interpretation

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R45129.pdf

Describes the most common modes of constitutional interpretation, discusses examples of Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate the application of these methods, and provides a general overview of the various arguments in support of, and in opposition to, the use of such methods of constitutional interpretation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. Reports

Categories: History,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.loc.gov/collections/united-states-reports/about-this-collection/

More than 225 years of Supreme Court decisions are now available online.  More than 35,000 cases originally printed in the Official U.S. Reports volumes.  Covers Volumes 1-542 of the bound series.  From the Law Library of Congress.

 

Federal Prosecution of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Cases, 2004-2013

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Sex Issues,Statistics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fpcsecc0413.pdf

Examines a decade of cases prosecuted in federal courts involving child pornography production or possession and child sex trafficking.  Also includes demographic characteristics of those accused and outcomes of the cases.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics

 

Federal Courts Web Archive

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

http://www.loc.gov/collections/federal-courts-web-archive/about-this-collection/?loclr=bloglaw

Provides retrospective archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary.  Covers Supreme Court, appeals and district courts, and other special tribunals.  Includes arguments and text of decisions.   From the Library of Congress

 

Donald J. Trump et al v. International Refugee Assistance Project

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Presidency,Recreation/Travel,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/16-1436_l6hc.pdf

Supreme Court opinion that allows the Trump travel ban relating to six Middle Eastern countries to continue to be enforced except for those travelers who have a credible claim of relationship with a U.S. person or entity.  Students admitted to U.S. universities would not be affected by the ban. From the U. S. Supreme Court

 

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

Categories: Children,Education,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-577_khlp.pdf

7-2 Supreme Court ruling that churches cannot be excluded from government programs with a secular purpose.  The case involved a Missouri church that wanted to qualify for a state government grant program for upgrading school playgrounds.  From the U.S. Supreme Court

 

Matal v Tam

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-1293

Unanimous Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. government violates the 1st Amendment by refusing to register trademarks that disparage people or groups.  The case involved an Asian-American musical group that called itself “The Slants.”  The Patent and Trademark Office refused to issue a patent.  The decision has implications for the long-standing controversy over certain professional sports team names.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

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