Victory: Unanimous Supreme Court Limits State Power to Levy Fines, Seize Property, Abuse Asset Forfeiture Laws Under Eighth Amendment

February 20, 2019 DOCUMENTS The Supreme Court’s opinion in Timbs v. State of Indiana The Rutherford Institute’s amicus brief in Timbs v. State of Indiana WASHINGTON, DC — In a unanimous ruling that is expected to curb attempts by local and state governments to increase their revenue by seizing private property using excessive, arbitrary asset forfeiture laws, a unanimous … More Victory: Unanimous Supreme Court Limits State Power to Levy Fines, Seize Property, Abuse Asset Forfeiture Laws Under Eighth Amendment

Supremes to decide on Census asking about citizenship

Lower court had removed item from 2020 questions Feb 15, 2019  The decision by a federal district judge to eliminate a citizenship question from the 2020 Census will be reviewed by the Supreme Court. The Census questionnaire is scheduled for printing this summer. USA Today reported Judge Jesse Furman said that, based on the presumption illegal aliens would be … More Supremes to decide on Census asking about citizenship

Supreme Court to Rule on Whether Nonjudicial Foreclosure Counts as Debt Collection Under Federal Law

Aug 16, 2018 by Law Offices of James G. Schwartz, P.C. Without financing, home ownership would likely remain out of reach for most people in this country. Few homebuyers have the means to pay the full purchase price in cash. Mortgages typically include a deed of trust granting the lender the right to foreclose on the … More Supreme Court to Rule on Whether Nonjudicial Foreclosure Counts as Debt Collection Under Federal Law

Mueller’s Case Facing Possible Hit From Supremes

Fight over state, federal sentences based on single incident in play November 30, 2018 Robert Mueller The case of a man who was sentenced to prison twice for the same incident, once by state prosecutors and once by the feds, could play a role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion by the Russians and … More Mueller’s Case Facing Possible Hit From Supremes

VIDEO The Great Dissent: Justice Scalia’s Opinion in Morrison v. Olson

October 9, 2018  featuring Gary Lawson, Richard Pildes, and Theodore Olson     Thirty years after the decision in Morrison v. Olson, questions raised in Justice Antonin Scalia’s lone dissent continue to inform legal debate on separation of powers and the unitary executive. Some scholars consider Justice Scalia’s dissent to be his finest opinion. What can today’s … More VIDEO The Great Dissent: Justice Scalia’s Opinion in Morrison v. Olson

Democratic Attacks On The Supreme Court Confuse Patterns of Principle with Politics

Sept 6, 2018  by Jonathan Turley     Below is my column in The Hill newspaper on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing and the opening statement of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse attacking the conservatives on the Supreme Court as a virtual ideological cabal.  I have always found Whitehouse an articulate and insightful member of the Congress.  He … More Democratic Attacks On The Supreme Court Confuse Patterns of Principle with Politics

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: Brett Kavanaugh

Democratic activists, lawmakers already deploying ‘resistance’ July 9, 2018  by ART MOORE President Donald Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, 2018 (CNN screenshot) Democratic activists and lawmakers already are nearly two weeks into their “resistance” of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed the retiring Anthony Kennedy, and now they … More Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: Brett Kavanaugh

Privacy Prevails: Supreme Court Rules That Warrant Is Required For Cellphone Location Data

June 22, 2018 jonathanturley In a major win for privacy, the Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 in a decision on Friday that police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials. The decision is a reversal of  the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Carpenter v. United States. Carpenter was implicated in a 2011 robbery … More Privacy Prevails: Supreme Court Rules That Warrant Is Required For Cellphone Location Data

Would a TV Judge Qualify for Appointment to the Supreme Court?

June 11, 2018  by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.   When President Donald Trump was compiling his short list of judges whom he could possibly nominate to the Supreme Court bench, one of the more surprising names that percolated to the surface was Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro. Pirro, the host of Fox News’s Justice With Judge Jeanine, … More Would a TV Judge Qualify for Appointment to the Supreme Court?