Category: Constitutional Law

Increasing the Scope of Legal Responsibility: Can Words Kill?

Increasing the Scope of Legal Responsibility: Can Words Kill?

Written by: Emily Keable In a rare legal ruling, a Massachusetts judge found Michelle Carter, 20, guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Carter was accused of encouraging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide. Unlike many...

United States Supreme Court Reverses and Remands Case of Alleged Racial Bias

United States Supreme Court Reverses and Remands Case of Alleged Racial Bias

–by Taylor J. Hoy Citation: Pena Rodriguez v. Colorado, 580 U.S. ____ (2017); Pena-Rodriguez v. People, 350 P.3d 287 (Colo. 2015). Abstract: Pena-Rodriguez examines Colorado’s interpretation of Colorado Rule of Evidence (“CRE”) 606(b) as...

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Police Officer Liability

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Police Officer Liability

–by Kim Newton Sources: White v. Pauly, 137 S. Ct. 548 (2017); U.S. Const. amend. IV Abstract: On January 9, 2017 the Supreme Court unanimously held that an officer’s failure to shout a warning...

New York Court of Appeals Holds That Skin Color Is a Cognizable Class Under Batson Analysis

New York Court of Appeals Holds That Skin Color Is a Cognizable Class Under Batson Analysis

–by Robert Carpenter Citation: People v. Bridgeforth, 2016 N.Y. Lexis 3859 (Dec. 22, 2016) (internal citations omitted). Abstract: In a matter of first impression, the New York Court of Appeals held that skin color...

California Egg Production Laws Survive Lawsuit

California Egg Production Laws Survive Lawsuit

–by Caitlin Lomazzo Citations: Mo. ex rel. Koster v. Harris, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20613 (2016); Mo. v. Harris, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89716 (2014); Cal Health & Saf Code § 25990; 3 CCR 1350 §...

Fourth Amendment Further Whittled Away by Utah v. Strieff

Fourth Amendment Further Whittled Away by Utah v. Strieff

–by Jordan Charnetsky Source: Utah v. Strieff, 136 S. Ct. 2056 (2016); Brown v. Illinois, 422 U.S. 590 (1975). Abstract: On June 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled that evidence obtained after...