Tag Archives: Antonin Scalia


Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Hears Cases on Drug-Sniffing Dogs

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a pair of cases yesterday that could affect how police dogs are used to detect drugs in people’s homes and vehicles. The rulings, expected by next summer, could go a long way toward helping small-time users avoid the cold, wet nose of the law. In one case, Florida v. Jardines, the court considered whether law enforcement officers bringing a drug-sniffing dog onto the porch of a private home without a warrant constitutes …

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Posted 2 years ago in Government Traffic tickets and accidents by Aaron Kase  
Justice Antonin Scalia Becomes a Victim of ‘Parking Wars’

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is known as a combative jurist, with a reputation for issuing outspoken opinions and scathing dissents from the bench. On a recent trip to Philadelphia, however, the 26-year veteran of the country’s highest court found there was one foe he couldn’t take on: The city’s notoriously strict parking authority, the PPA. While Scalia was speaking to the local Federalist Society at a swank downtown club, two Supreme Court vehicles were ticketed for parking in a …

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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 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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Posted 3 years ago in Criminal Law by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court: Police Need a Search Warrant To Implant GPS Device

The Supreme Court ruled today that the government cannot install a GPS device on your vehicle to track your whereabouts unless it has obtained a warrant first. In a unanimous decision, the court sided with Washington D.C. area resident and suspected drug trafficker Antoine Jones, after police tracked him for a month and used that evidence to arrest him. He was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison for drug conspiracy. Using the GPS, the court said, encroached on …

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