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Posted 2 years ago in Landmark Court Cases by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today to uphold most of the provisions of the controversial 2010 federal health care law, including allowing the individual mandate requiring all Americans to purchase health care to survive as a tax. In the 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts providing the swing vote, the court gave a green light to health care reform almost in its entirety. The only limit the court put on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care …

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Posted 2 years ago in Landmark Court Cases by Aaron Kase  
Oppressive Arizona Immigration Law Struck Down by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today overturned most of a controversial Arizona immigration law, but left in place a provision that allows local and state police to check a person’s immigration papers while making a stop or arrest for other violations. In a 5-3 decision, the court threw out three of the law’s four provisions that were being challenged in what is being hailed as a major victory for the Obama administration. Arizona, and by extension other states, will not be allowed …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Busted? Get Ready for a Strip Search

Police and prison officials can strip search suspects after they’re arrested regardless of the offense, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday. Divided court gives law enforcement option of strip searching anyone who passes through jailhouse Lower court rulings mixed, tended to ban strip searches without specific cause American Bar Association filed brief against searches, to no avail   Invasion of Privacy If you plan on being one of the 13 to 14 million people who will get arrested this year, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Landmark Court Cases by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Rules Defendants Entitled to Competent Representation in Plea Bargaining

The Supreme Court ruled last week that criminal defendants have the right to effective counsel when it comes to plea bargain agreements, expanding the guarantee of good legal representation beyond the courtroom and into the negotiating room. The upshot for defendants: If you feel you got improper advice on taking a plea, or went to trial unaware that a plea offer even existed, you now have legal recourse to appeal.   Sixth Amendment Requirements The court ruled 5-4 in favor …

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