The FBI was flooded Friday with 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record. In a related development, The Supreme Court, which has avoided major gun cases for seven years, on Monday declined to hear a challenge backed by the NRA to Maryland’s 2013 ban on assault weapons enacted after the Newtown, Ct school massacre.
A Supreme Court ruling in June overruled the conviction of a sex offender for violating his probation after posting on Facebook. But that opens up a new legal minefield over limitations on internet access for anyone convicted of a crime, warns a Washington, DC attorney.
A case pending at the Supreme Court could decide whether constitutional protections against warrantless searches prevent courts and law enforcement from using evidence discovered from cellphone records. A former NYC prosecutor contends that the justices should hear arguments.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has promised to be “more circumspect” after boldly criticizing Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. She didn’t mention him directly during two recent speeches, but she did suggest that the judicial branch enjoys a better reputation than the executive or legislative branches of the federal government.
The 2015 decision concerned church-related signage, but its free speech underpinnings have made it the case-law basis for successful court challenges of local panhandling laws across the country. “It’s an unanticipated consequence,” said an Ohio city attorney.
Andrzej Duda unexpectedly vetoed a proposed law that would have allowed him to dismiss Poland’s Supreme Court judges in favor of his handpicked replacements. Tens of thousands of Poles protested the proposal, which was seen as part of the country’s drift back toward authoritarian rule.
A contentious bill that is racing through the legislative process would dismiss the country’s current Supreme Court judges and let President Andrzej Duda appoint new ones. There were mass protests against the proposal in Warsaw and other cities, and the European Union has voiced stern opposition.
A June 22 Supreme Court ruling that evidence which might prove a defendant’s innocence does not necessarily have to be presented by prosecutors represents a major setback to constitutional guarantees of a fair trial, argues the founder of the National Registration of Exonerations.
The justices said Monday they will consider whether a baker from the Denver area who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The court also declined to hear a challenge of a California gun law.