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Recent Decisions


November 25, 2020
       
Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo (20A87)
Respondent is enjoined from enforcing Executive Order 202.68’s 10- and 25-person occupancy limits on Applicant pending disposition of the appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is timely sought.



November 02, 2020
       
Taylor v. Riojas (19-1261) (Per Curiam)
Because any reasonable correctional officer should have realized that inmate Taylor’s conditions of confinement offended the Eighth Amendment, the Fifth Circuit erred in granting the officers qualified immunity.

       
Mckesson v. Doe (19-1108) (Per Curiam)
Under the unusual circumstances of this case, the Fifth Circuit should not have ventured into such an uncertain area of state tort law without first using state certification procedures to seek guidance from the Louisiana Supreme Court.



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A Barrel of Whiskey for Thanksgiving


Prior to serving as Chief Justice of the United States, Charles Evans Hughes was an Associate Justice from 1910-1916 and Secretary of State from 1921-1925. A week before Thanksgiving in 1922, the Secretary of State received an unusual request from Ralph V. Wechsler, an attorney in New York City. Mr. Wechsler disclosed that he owned 30 barrels of whiskey, purchased prior to the onset of Prohibition in 1920 when the production, importation, transportation, and sale of all alcohol had been banned. Explaining that his whiskey was stored at a warehouse in Baltimore, he asked Hughes, “Would you be so kind to procure for me permission to withdraw a barrel for the use of myself and personal guests?” Hughes’ secretary briskly replied to Mr. Wechsler that his request did not fall within the province of the State Department.

 

Letter from Ralph V. Wechsler to Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, 1922.
Letter from Ralph V. Wechsler to Secretary of State Charles Evans Hughes, 1922.
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