Tag Archives: U.S. Supreme Court


Posted 6 months ago in Criminal Law Government Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Should Feds Freeze Defendants’ Pre-Trial Assets? [Poll]

After an indictment, federal law allows a district court to freeze criminal defendants’ assets that would be subject to forfeiture upon conviction. But defendants sometimes need those assets to hire their chosen counsel. Should defendants have a right to a hearing to challenge the charges and forfeiture before the trial? Otherwise, does such freezing of assets violate the defendants’ Sixth Amendment right to counsel and Fifth Amendment right against governmental taking of property without due process? On Wednesday, the U.S. …

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Posted 7 months ago in Crime Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Federal Courts Remain Open During Government Shutdown

The federal court system will remain open – for a bit, anyway – in spite of the government shutdown, with cases being processed more slowly and access to justice being harmed.   10-Day Window “In the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the federal Judiciary will remain open for business for approximately 10 business days,” according to a statement from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. “On or around October 15, 2013, the Judiciary will reassess its …

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Obamacare Birth Control Mandate May Go to Supreme Court

Setting up a circuit split, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 26 ruled that a for-profit company does not have the religious freedom to deny its employees contraceptive benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).    Corporate Form: Can’t Have It All The owners of Pennsylvania-based Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation sued the federal government over PPACA’s mandate that employers provide workers with preventative benefits including emergency contraception like the morning-after pill. Norman Hahn and …

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Posted 10 months ago in Your Personal Rights by Larry Bodine  
Supreme Court: Do Our Dirty Work for Us on Affirmative Action

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine wrote the following editorial on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is Fisher v. University of Texas. The Supreme Court issued a cynical opinion in its ruling against affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas.It sent coded legal instructions to the lower appeals court on how to strike down the University of Texas’s diversity program by using “strict scrutiny.” The ruling is bad news for minorities applying to top universities to get ahead in life. Strict …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Larry Bodine  
Supreme Court Announces Key Decisions this Week [Radio]

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine was interviewed this morning on WBBA (820 AM) News Talk Florida, in Tampa, on the decisions that the U.S. Supreme Court is releasing this week. Larry discusses four key decisions that cover affirmative action in college admissions, gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act. He discusses Fisher v. University of Texas, where a white, female applicant, Abigail Fisher, accused the school of reverse discrimination in denying her admission. He also reviews the Defense of Marriage Act …

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