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Court Reverses Curtis Flowers Conviction

The Supreme Court reversed the most recent conviction of Flowers, a black Mississippian who has been tried an extraordinary six times for a quadruple murder in 1996, finding that a zealous prosecutor again improperly kept African Americans off the jury.

Justices Overturn Immigrant’s Firearms Conviction

If an undocumented immigrant is arrested for illegal possession of a firearm, the person’s knowledge of his immigration status matters, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday in overturning an Emerati national’s conviction. Dissenters predict that the ruling will cause “a mountain of problems” involving people already convicted in similar cases.

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Split High Court Upholds Federal Sex Offender Law

The Supreme Court last week affirmed the scope of the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which requires sex offenders to register with the National Sex offender registry and update their registration when they travel or move. The narrow 5-3 opinion suggests that the court may revisit the issue later.

Justices Uphold Federal, State Charges for Same Crimes

In a case that could affect associates of President Trump accused of wrongdoing and hoping for pardons, the Supreme Court ruled that criminal defendants may be prosecuted for the same offenses in both federal and state court. Because Trump’s pardon power extends only to federal crimes, the ruling leaves people he pardons subject to state prosecutions.