The Supreme Court of the United States has held only one criminal trial in its history: United States v. Shipp
. [more inside]
Sotomayor, Kagan shift Supreme Court debates to the left.
The liberal wing is no longer drowned out by Scalia and his fellow conservatives during oral arguments.
On March 25, the Supreme Court held
(pdf) that rulings by the International Court of Justice
are essentially not binding upon state courts. This paves the way
for Texas to execute one Jose Ernesto Medellin for the rape and murder
of two teenage girls. [more inside]
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court held
in a 5-3 decision
(.pdf) that police may not search a home if any inhabitant of the home is present and objects to the search, even if another inhabitant consents. The Court drew what it acknowledged is a “fine line” – if a co-inhabitant is at the door and objects, the police can’t enter; but if the co-inhabitant is somewhere else – even in a nearby police car – and has no opportunity to object, then police don’t need his or her consent. Chief Justice Roberts issued his first written dissent, blasting the majority’s “random” and “arbitrary” rule and suggesting that the ability of police to respond to domestic violence threats could be compromised. The zingers in the footnotes
may reveal “strains behind the surface placidity and collegiality of the young Roberts court.”
Top Court Rejects Baby Death Conviction Appeal
"The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal by a South Carolina woman convicted of homicide and sentenced to 12 years in prison for causing her baby to be stillborn by using cocaine."