Category Archive: Supreme Court Rulings

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Evenwel v. Abbott: One Person, One Vote

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a voting rights decision that was surprising for its unanimity from a Court that has been bitterly divided on voting rights recently. At issue in Evenwel v. Abbott was whether states were constitutionally required to ignore those not eligible to vote when apportioning state legislative districts.

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Cliffs Notes: Supreme Court Edition

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last week (or have somehow managed to avoid social media completely), you might not know that the Supreme Court has made some extremely important decisions. Or, perhaps you’ve been inundated with countless, unsolicited opinions on those decisions. Worry not about sounding uninformed in front of your friends, because we’ll give you a quick summary of a few of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings.

First and foremost, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court determined that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. I would feel remiss in not including the following passage from the majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy:

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3 Supreme Court Rulings That Should Interest Future Lawyers

The Supreme Court is set to rule on a slew of big cases this week before ending its current term. Because these rulings—and the justices’ accompanying opinions—represent the most influential and important issues in the legal world, prospective law students would benefit from understanding the matters at hand. This time around, the court is addressing issues related to privacy laws, executive power, and more. This post will summarize several of these cases and describe their ramifications.

1) ABC v. Aereo

For context, Aereo is a television streaming service that allows subscribers to watch live, broadcast television on their computers, tablets, smart phones, and similar devices through the use of a small antenna.

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SCOTUS 2013 – A Retrospective

With 2013 almost behind us, we bring you some of the more interesting Supreme Court decisions of the year, and a look at what’s to come in 2014.

United States v. Windsor

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court held that same-sex spouses are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual spouses in states that allow same-sex marriage.

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Recapping the Supreme Court’s Banner Week

It was a pretty big week for the Supreme Court. And, as they say, cases with far-reaching consequences make strange bedfellows. You’ve all read about the cases, but what really happened, and why was it important? Let’s look at Windsor/Perry, Shelby Co. v. Holder, and Perry v. Texas.

US v. Windsor/Hollingsworth v. Perry
In two decisions, the Supreme Court put forward what can only be considered a victory for marriage equality (even if Gov. Huckabee thinks it made Jesus weep).

In US v. Windsor, the majority used principles of federalism and the usual smattering of Amendments to strike down DOMA’s section 3 (unless you ask Scalia, who feels their entire argument was a bunch of hand-waving before just deciding whatever they wanted to decide).

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The Best and Worst Supreme Court Cases of 2012

2012 is coming to a close, which means another year of Supreme Court cases has come and gone. There were ups, there were downs, and there were some head-scratchers. And, since the editorial overlords here at Most Strongly Supported think my law degree qualifies me to write on this topic*, here I am.

Without a doubt, the two biggest SCOTUS cases of 2012 involved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and Arizona’s crazy immigration laws (seriously, if the United States was the cast of It’s Always Sunny, Arizona would be Charlie Kelly).

National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius

I think a few of the lawsuits were actually filed before Obama even signed the PPACA into law.

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The PPACA is Constitutional – Will Your Life Change, Law Students?

Almost 75 years ago, another Justice Roberts supposedly switched his vote on minimum wage laws in Parrish, overturning a previous SCOTUS decision and rendering them constitutional. Not only did this signal a shift that would continue in future New Deal decisions (though maybe Congress just got better at writing constitutional laws), it also stopped FDR’s court-packing plan in its tracks.

While rumblings of a plan to pack the Court were today, if anywhere, in the political extremes, Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to uphold the PPACA under Congress’ taxing power certainly came as a shock to most SCOTUS fans; especially after Citizens United. Many on the left were feeling that the Court was losing its institutional credibility (though that’s always the argument of the minority party in the Court).

However, the individual mandate/tax was upheld, and the PPACA is now officially constitutional AND the law of the land.