Today in 1980: SCOTUS rules on definition of “interrogation” in Miranda context

May 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On May 12, 1980, the Supreme Court decided Rhode Island v. Innis, in which the Court addressed the question of what exactly constitutes police interrogation for the purposes of the Miranda warning.

Is Street Harassment A Crime?

May 11, 2016 By: Stanley Rule

Street harassment is a long-standing issue dismissed by perpetrators as natural, playful, even complimentary. Unfortunately, today’s harassment has become increasingly intimidating and violent.

Did the U.S. ratify a contract with a drug snitch?

May 5, 2016 By: Joe Fraracci

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims found many material facts in dispute on whether the government ratified an unauthorized contract with “confidential human source” Julio Villars.

Armed Career Criminals: Is the holding that the “residual clause” of the Armed Career Criminal Act was unconstitutional retroactive?

Mar 29, 2016 By: Molly McNulty

In Johnson v. U.S., the Supreme Court held that imposing an increased sentence under the ACCA’s residual clause violates the Constitution’s guarantee of due process

SCOTUS Brings Stun Guns Under Second Amendment

Mar 23, 2016 By: Jill Paperno

On Monday, in Caetano v. Massachusetts, the Supreme Court concluded that stun guns are protected by the Second Amendment.

Today in 1821: SCOTUS rules it has jurisdiction over state criminal cases with federal law questions

Mar 3, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On March 3, 1821, the Supreme Court rule that it is the nation’s ultimate authority on interpreting federal law, even in state criminal cases.

Today in 1986: SCOTUS rules that defendant wasn’t prejudiced by attorney’s refusal to allow perjury

Feb 26, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 26, 1986, the Supreme Court held in Nix v. Whiteside that a defendant wasn’t prejudiced by his attorney’s refusal to allow him to give false testimony at trial.

Today in 1940: SCOTUS rules that confessions obtained by police coercion are inadmissible

Feb 12, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 12, 1940, the Supreme Court held in Chambers v. Florida that confessions obtained under duress by police are inadmissible in court.

What are the legal issues with Hillary Clinton’s email controversy?

Feb 2, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Hillary Clinton’s email controversy continues to dog her presidential ambitions. What exactly are the legal concerns surrounding her alleged activities?

Santa Claus: Benefactor or Burglar?

Dec 16, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

Is Santa committing a crime for entering homes uninvited and consuming the edibles therein?

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