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Recent Decisions


April 29, 2021
         
Niz-Chavez v. Garland (19-863)
A notice to appear sufficient to trigger the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996’s stop-time rule is a single document containing all the information about an individual’s removal hearing specified in 8 U. S. C. §1229(a)(1).



April 26, 2021
       
Alaska v. Wright (20-940) (Per Curiam)
The requirement under 28 U. S. C. §2254(a) that a habeas petitioner be “in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court” is not met if the state judgment is simply a necessary predicate to a federal conviction.



April 22, 2021
         
Jones v. Mississippi (18-1259)
A discretionary sentencing system is both constitutionally necessary and constitutionally sufficient to sentence a defendant who committed a homicide when he or she was under 18 to life without parole; a separate factual finding of permanent incorrigibility is not required.

         
Carr v. Saul (19-1442)
Principles of issue-exhaustion do not require Social Security disability claimants to argue at the agency level that the administrative law judges hearing their disability claims were unconstitutionally appointed.

         
AMG Capital Management, LLC v. FTC (19-508)
Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act does not authorize the Commission to seek, or a court to award, equitable monetary relief such as restitution or disgorgement.



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Did You Know...

A Confectionary Conundrum: Is Chocolate Food or Candy?


In the 1931 case, McCaughn  v. Hershey Chocolate Company, the Court addressed an $8 million confectionary conundrum: is chocolate food or candy? The Hershey Chocolate Company argued that its sweetened chocolates had wrongly been taxed at the same rate as candy, when they should have been considered food products instead. Although the Court noted that traditional candies consisted almost entirely of sugar, it concluded that the Revenue Act’s definition of “candy” encompassed a wider array of sweets, as used in everyday parlance and in interpretations of the tax statute by the Treasury Department. On that basis, the Court determined that Hershey’s chocolate was lawfully taxed as candy.

 

Hershey’s chocolate bar candy wrapper, c. 1930.
Hershey’s chocolate bar candy wrapper, c. 1930.


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