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2020 census questionnaires go to printer without citizenship question

Last week a divided Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration‘s stated reason for including a question about citizenship on the 2020 census to help the Department of Justice better enforce federal voting rights laws was a pretext. The ‘evidence,‘ Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, ‘tells a story that does not match the []

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Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, the viability of Hill v. Coloradoin light of the Supreme Court‘s intervening decisions inReed v. Town of GilbertandMcCullen v. Coakley; and the application of the Fourth Amendment to knock-and-talk encounters. Thepetitions of the week are: Michigan v. Frederick 18-1513 Issues:(1) []

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Court releases October calendar

With all the decisions from October Term 2018 now released, the Supreme Court began to look ahead to the fall today, releasing its oral argument calendar for October. The justices will tackle one of the highest-profile issues of the term almost immediately, when they hear oral argument in a trio of cases involving whether federal []

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Justices call for reargument in dispute about Oklahoma prosecutions of Native Americans

As the dust finally settles from last Thursday‘s decisions in Department of Commerce v. New York and Rucho v. Common Cause, we can take a moment to notice the single hardest case of the term the one case that the justices could not decide. Despite hearing oral argument all the way back in late []

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Event announcement: Upcoming Supreme Court panel at UC Irvine available by livestream

On July 8 at 10:30 a.m. PT, UCI Law will host its ninth annual ‘Supreme Court Term in Review.‘ Panelists include Jonathan Adler, Erwin Chemerinsky, Chris Geidner, Michele Goodwin and Sarah Harrington; Rick Hasen will serve as moderator. A livestream of this event, which will take place in Irvine, California, will be available at this []

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Gerrymandering symposium: The racial implications of yesterday‘s partisan gerrymandering decision

Kristen Clarke is the president and executive director and Jon Greenbaum is the chief counsel of the Lawyers‘ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Lawyers‘ Committee submitted an amicus brief in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek. After decades of punting on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, a 5-4 majority of Supreme []

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Census symposium: The unanswered census question

Kaylan Phillips serves as litigation counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public-interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The foundation filed cert-stage and merits-stage amicus briefs in support of the government in Department of Commerce v. New York. ‘Are you a citizen of the United States?‘ It is a simple question that []

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Census symposium: A place for pretext in administrative law?

Jennifer Nou is Professor of Law and Ronald H. Coase Teaching Scholar at University of Chicago Law School. With Department of Commerce v. New York, the Trump administration continues its losing streak in court under the Administrative Procedure Act. Many have ascribed this poor record to some combination of incompetence, vacancies, and a greater interest []

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This week at the court

The justices are on their summer recess. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog. SCOTUSblog

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City tells justices New York gun case is moot

In January, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to New York City‘s ban on transporting guns including those that are licensed and unloaded anywhere outside the city limits. The case would be the first time in nearly a decade that the justices would weigh in on how far states and cities []

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