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Is it Cruel and Unusual to Deny Felons the Right to Vote?

By T. Evan Eosten Fisher, Esq. | Last updated on

In Mississippi, convicted felons face not only fines and prison time, but they also lose their right to vote. A group of convicted felons challenged this law in federal court, arguing that it violated their Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. A divided panel…

Appeals Court Denies Trump's Immunity Claim

By A.J. Firstman | Last updated on

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision affirming that former President Trump is not immune from criminal prosecution for crimes committed in office or otherwise. The decision was made in response to Trump’s argument that he can not…

Fifth Circuit: Qualified Immunity for Laredo Police After Arresting Citizen Journalist for Asking a Question

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq. | Last updated on

Back-channel reporting on government practices is as old as journalism itself. Journalists with an inside government source may use that source to paint a picture in direct contrast with the public image a government agency, official, or politician puts forth. Then we, the public, are responsible for deciding which…

Pennsylvania Gun Law for Young Adults Ruled Unconstitutional

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

The Second Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms, but who does it apply to? Though it's long been an important part of the Bill of Rights, it continues to be debated — in no small part due to the confusing text. The Second Amendment of…

Is SCOTUS About to Overturn Chevron?

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq. | Last updated on

If you’re an attorney, you’ve almost certainly heard a lot of buzz around the Chevron doctrine in the past few months. The U.S. Supreme Court has taken up a case that could decide the future of this important legal principle. We’ve covered the Chevron doctrine at length in another…

The Supreme Court Agrees to Rule on Criminalizing Homelessness

By A.J. Firstman | Last updated on

The Supreme Court recently agreed to rule on whether cities can punish homeless people for sleeping on public land. Since sleeping on public land is one of the main things homeless people do, many have criticized the case and the possible ruling as a way to criminalize homelessness itself.

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