Hill, whose testimony against Thomas in 1991 prompted a national conversation about sexual harassment, says she supports a “fair investigation” into an Alaska lawyer’s charge that Justice Clarence Thomas groped her in 1999. The lawyer was prompted to share her story by the disclosure of the 2005 recording of Donald Trump talking about mistreating women.
A new study confirms that widely held impression. Justice Elena Kagan highlighted the issue during a speech in 2014. “Case in and case out,” she said, “the category of litigant who is not getting great representation at the Supreme Court are criminal defendants.”
Can evidence obtained illegally be used against you in court? Sometimes it can—and this summer, the Supreme Court dramatically expanded the government’s ability to use evidence obtained during an illegal police detention. The ruling creates problematic incentives for police, and pushes Fourth Amendment law into “uncharted territory,” claims a former federal prosecutor.
They were among more than 2,500 inmates across the US affected by a Supreme Court ruling banning mandatory life terms for minors. State Parole board chairman Leo Dunn says the ‘optimism’ of the four men, now in their 50s and 60s, surprised him.
defense lawyers from Illinois to New York were citing the unanimous ruling as grounds to challenge past and pending criminal corruption cases brought by the Justice Department, reports the New York Times.
In a 6-2 ruling written by Justice Elena Kagan, the high court rejected challenges by two men convicted of felony gun possession because they previously had been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.