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Recent Decisions


May 21, 2018
         
Upper Skagit Tribe v. Lundgren (17-387)
County of Yakima v. Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakima Nation, 502 U. S. 251, addressed only a question of statutory interpretation of the Indian General Allotment Act of 1887, not the question whether Indian tribes have sovereign immunity in in rem lawsuits.

         
Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis (16-285)
Congress has instructed in the Federal Arbitration Act that arbitration agreements providing for individualized proceedings must be enforced, and neither the Arbitration Act’s saving clause nor the National Labor Relations Act suggests otherwise.



May 14, 2018
         
Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Assn. (16-476)
Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) provisions that prohibit state authorization and licensing of sports gambling schemes, see 28 U. S. C. §3702(1), violate the Constitution’s anticommandeering rule; no other PASPA provisions are severable from the provisions at issue.

         
Dahda v. United States (17-43)
Wiretap orders authorized by a judge for the District of Kansas in the Government’s investigation of a suspected Kansas drug distribution ring were not facially insufficient, since they were not lacking any information that the wiretap statute required them to include and since the challenged language authorizing interception outside the court’s territorial jurisdiction was surplus.

         
McCoy v. Louisiana (16-8255)
The Sixth Amendment guarantees a defendant the right to choose the objective of his defense and to insist that his counsel refrain from admitting guilt, even when counsel’s experienced-based view is that confessing guilt offers the defendant the best chance to avoid the death penalty.

         
Byrd v. United States (16-1371)
The mere fact that a driver in lawful possession or control of a rental car is not listed on the rental agreement will not defeat his or her otherwise reasonable expectation of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment.

         
United States v. Sanchez-Gomez (17-312)
Respondents’ appeals challenging the use of full restraints during nonjury pretrial proceedings became moot when their underlying criminal cases came to an end before the Ninth Circuit could render its decision.



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“Portia in Robes Admitted to Practice in the Highest Court”


On May 25, 1936, Sister Ann Joachim was the first nun to be admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. At the time of her admission, she was teaching law at St. Joseph’s College in Adrian, Michigan. She received her law degree in 1923 from the Detroit College of Law and practiced in the city for five years before becoming a nun.

 

Sister Ann Joachim (far right) walking outside of the Supreme Court Building. Acme Newspictures, Inc.
Sister Ann Joachim (far right) walking outside of the Supreme Court Building. Acme Newspictures, Inc.
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