• Saved By the Whistle

    Last February the U.S. Supreme Court threw out an anti-retaliation suit brought by a former employee who was fired after reporting alleged securities violations. The Court ruled that because the employee reported the wrongdoing internally instead of...

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  • Justice Thomas Wants To Abolish Exclusionary Rule

    According to an opinion by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the most important legal rule that protects Americans from illegal searches by police has no historical basis and the Supreme Court no authority to require states to...

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  • Split Rulings On Attack Ads In Supreme Court Election

    Judicial Crisis Network, a right-wing judicial advocacy organization that uses money from anonymous sources to fund attacks against liberal court nominees and candidates, is embroiled in litigation prior to a May 22nd election for the Arkansas Supreme...

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  • Supreme Court Deals Blow To Workers’ Rights

    In a five to four decision, with Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch tipping the balance, the Supreme Court ruled that employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace. The...

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  • A Law Unto Themselves

    “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio is their godfather, and David A. Clarke, Jr., the recently-resigned Wisconsin sheriff who gained fame due to his tough conservative rhetoric and the many deaths that occurred in the Milwaukee County Jail under his...

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  • No Review For 7th Circuit Multi-Month Leave ADA Ruling

    The Supreme Court will not review a 7th Circuit ruling that “a multi-month leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. By declining to take the case, the...

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  • Scalia Must Be Turning In His Grave

    Justice Antonin Scalia’s three-decade tenure on the Supreme Court left very little imprint on the law in terms of majority opinions that bear his name. His admirers point to the influence of his insistence on originalism in...

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  • Constitutionality of Patent Trial and Appeal Board Challenged

    Next week the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s procedure. The case, Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, involves the claim that a patent is private property, and...

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  • Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Not Imminent, Says Grassley

    Sen Chuck Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says his expectations of another vacancy on the Supreme Court this year have fizzled. There had been widespread speculation that Justice Anthony Kennedy would retire. He recently turned...

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  • Supreme Court Needs 10 More Judges, says Posner

    Appellate Court Judge Richard Posner thinks the Supreme Court is understaffed. It should have 19 members, not nine, he says. In a recent talk at the Univ. Of Chicago he called the nine who presently serve “mediocre...

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