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186 ABA Journal Supreme Court Report articles.

Court to consider challenge to cy pres remedies to settle class actions

Cy pres settlements emerged in the 1970s as a solution to class actions with large and diffuse memberships for whom individual cash awards might be paltry. Such settlements typically involve contributions to charities or nonprofit organizations that advance the goals pursued in the class action.

Supreme Court considers whether prisoner with dementia and no memory of his crime should be executed

The Supreme Court granted full review of Alabama death row prisoner Vernon Madison’s case. The issue is whether the Eighth Amendment and relevant court precedents permit a state to execute someone who whose mental disability leaves him without memory of his commission of the capital offense, and whether evolving standards of decency bar the execution of a prisoner whose competency has been compromised by vascular dementia and multiple strokes.

Chief Justice Roberts slides into the high court’s ideological middle

Anthony M. Kennedy has been the median justice since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s 2006 retirement. That role now may fall to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Lost ground: The number of women arguing before the court has fallen off steeply

“I would have thought this would have been fixed by now,” says Lisa S. Blatt, a partner with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer who has argued 35 cases—more than any other woman—before the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court rules lawyers cannot defy their clients’ wishes to argue for their innocence

A recent Supreme Court decision addresses a dilemma that would challenge any lawyer—how to respond if a client refuses to confess to a capital crime when the lawyer believes such a strategy may be the only way to avoid a death sentence.

Assessing Gorsuch: What’s the verdict on justice’s first full term?

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares potential landmark decisions, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch nears the end of his first full term. Conservatives have generally been pleased with what they have seen, while liberals say their concerns have been confirmed.

Speculation swirls over Supreme Court retirements

If Justice Anthony Kennedy decides to retire under President Trump, he would be following a long tradition of justices consciously leaving the court under a president of the same party who appointed them. A more complicated question is whether justices also seek to time their retirements with political or ideological goals in mind—and whether they have been successful.

The high court weighs whether internet retailers must collect state sales taxes

In South Dakota v. Wayfair, set for argument today before the U.S. Supreme Court, justices will consider whether to overrule its 1992 decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota and uphold a law that requires most out-of-state internet retailers to collect sales tax.

Supreme Court to weigh whether law aimed at crisis pregnancy centers violates First Amendment

A law aimed largely at the field of crisis pregnancy centers, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, will be argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Microsoft case underscores legal complications of cloud computing

How far can law enforcement authorities go when seeking electronically stored information outside the United States? The U.S. Supreme Court takes up this issue Tuesday in United States v. Microsoft.

Supreme Court considers whether Ohio’s cleanup of voter registration rolls goes too far

Larry Harmon, a software engineer and U.S. Navy veteran from Kent, Ohio, typically has voted in presidential and gubernatorial elections. But starting with the 2010 midterms and continuing into the…

SCOTUS considers limits to the government’s surveillance powers over personal technology

The Supreme Court ruling in Carpenter v. United States, being heard by the court Wednesday, will affect cell towers and individuals’ data from email, smart watches, activity-tracker bands and smart appliances.

Speech, religion and bias all weighed in Masterpiece Cakeshop case

A Supreme Court case pits the rights of free speech and free exercise of religion against anti-discrimination law.

SCOTUS catches up by adopting electronic filing technology

After lengthy deliberation and study, the court will require electronic filing of briefs, initially only by parties represented by attorneys.

Supreme Court Report: Married with Kids

In Pavan v. Smith, the court issued a per curiam decision, over the published dissent of three justices, that requires the state of Arkansas to treat the issuance of birth certificates for the children of same-sex married couples exactly as it does for opposite-sex married couples.

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