Monday, October 21, 2019

10 Mondays before Christmas!

Wake up call!  There are 10 Mondays before Christmas.

For the next 10 weeks, let's look at some top 10 lists.

Top 10 8 most interesting [to me] Supreme Court cases from 2019.

Census citizenship question
Department of Commerce v. New York
Decided: June 27, 2019
The question of whether the census should contain a citizenship question was sent back to the lower court for review of the Trump administration's plan, leaving in doubt whether the question would be on the 2020 census.

Partisan gerrymandering
Rucho v. Common Cause
Lamone v. Benisek

Decided: June 27, 2019
The Constitution does not bar extreme partisan gerrymandering, which is a purely political question.

First Amendment -
Scandalous trademarks
Iancu v. Brunetti
Decided: June 24, 2019
Prohibiting trademark protection to material deemed "immoral" or "scandalous" is unconstitutional.

Racial discrimination on juries
Flowers v. Mississippi
Decided: June 21, 2019
A Mississippi man, tried six times for a quadruple murder and imprisoned for 22 years, deserves a new trial because of the prosecution's racial discrimination in jury selection.

Maryland Peace Cross
American Legion v. American Humanist Association
Decided: June 20, 2019
A local government's display and maintenance of a nearly century-old WWI memorial cross does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Apple antitrust dispute
Apple Inc. v. Pepper
Decided: May 13, 2019
Users of iPhones can sue Apple over excessive prices on its exclusive App Store.

Executions and mental disability
Madison v. Alabama
Feb 27, 2019
The Eighth Amendment does not prohibit a state from executing a prisoner with a mental disability who cannot remember committing his crime, but it does prohibit executing a prisoner who cannot understand the reasons for his execution.

Civil forfeiture
Timbs v. Indiana
Decided Feb. 20, 2019
The Eighth Amendment limits the ability of police to seize private property used to commit crimes.

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