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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Montana Disclose Act/ CIA Prisons


“The Court has held separate Chamber hearings in the cases of Al Nashiri v. Romania and Abu Zubaydah v. Lithuania.
Both cases concern the alleged “rendition” of the applicants, suspected of terrorist acts, to CIA secret detention sites, where, according to their submissions, illegal interrogation methods amounting to torture were used.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Supreme Court Abortion Ruling/ No Guns For Domestic Abusers


Other Supreme Court Rulings:

“In an effort to “close [a] dangerous loophole” in the gun control laws, United States v. Castleman, 572 U. S. ___, ___, Congress extended the federal prohibition on firearms possession by convicted felons to persons convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,” 18 U. S. C. §922(g)(9). Section 921(a)(33)(A) defines that phrase to include a misdemeanor under federal, state, or tribal law, committed against a domestic relation that necessarily involves the “use . . . of physical force.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Supreme Court Rulings

United States v. Texas
 “Whether a state that voluntarily provides a subsidy to all aliens with deferred action has Article III standing and a justiciable cause of action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge the Secretary of Homeland Security’s guidance seeking to establish a process for considering deferred action for certain aliens because it will lead to more aliens having deferred action; (2) whether the guidance is arbitrary and capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law; (3) whether the guidance was subject to the APA’s notice-and-comment procedures; and (4) whether the guidance violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution, Article II, section 3.

 Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
“Whether Indian tribal courts have jurisdiction to adjudicate civil tort claims against nonmembers, including as a means of regulating the conduct of nonmembers who enter into consensual relationships with a tribe or its members.”

Mathis v. United States
“Because the elements of Iowa’s burglary law are broader than those of generic burglary, Mathis’s prior convictions cannot give rise to ACCA’s sentence enhancement.”
“The Fourth Amendment permits warrantless breath tests incident to arrests for drunk driving but not warrantless blood tests.”


Fisher v. University of Tex. at Austin
“The race-conscious admissions program in use at the time of petitioner’s application is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mining Dispute



U.S. Government Files Civil Suit Involving Lincoln Area Mining Claims (2015)
“According to court documents filed today, the United States government asks the federal district court to find that Kornec, Nappo and Intermountain Mining and Refining, LLC, have failed to comply with regulations governing their unpatented mining claims and to find that they are illegally interfering with property of the United States, which is managed by the United States Forest Service.”