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Supreme Court Restricts Miranda Rights

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court dramatically reinterpreted its landmark Miranda decision by requiring criminal suspects to invoke their right to remain silent with a clear, explicit statement.According to the Court, remaining silent or failing to cooperate, even during a long interrogation session, are no longer enough to stop any further questioning … Read More

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Supreme Court Rules that Life Sentences without Parole for Juveniles Are Unconstitutional

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday (6-3) that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment does not permit the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for juveniles who commit non-homicide offenses.In his majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy, in balancing the severity of the sentence against the offender’s culpability, noted … Read More

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Goodwin Liu Nomination

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 12-7 Goodwin Liu’s nomination to be a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.Liu, an acclaimed scholar, teacher, and nationally recognized expert on constitutional and education law, is associate dean and professor of law at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. Liu’s … Read More

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Obama Nominates Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, May 10, 2010

President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan today to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.  In her current role as solicitor general, Kagan is the primary lawyer representing the U.S. government – and therefore, the interests of the American people – before the Court.Kagan, who has had a very … Read More

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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Retire in June

Friday, April 9, 2010

Justice John Paul Stevens announced today that he will retire in June at the end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s current term. Stevens, who will turn 90 this month, is the currently the court’s oldest and longest-serving member.  He was nominated by President Gerald Ford to succeed Justice William O. Douglas in 1975, after serving … Read More

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