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BEDROC LTD., LLC v. US

United States Supreme Court
Environmental Law, Property Law & Real Estate, Water Law
Sand and gravel are not "valuable minerals" reserved to the US in land grants issued under the Pittman Underground Water Act. Sand and gravel are...
03/31/2004 02-1593

US v. FLORES-MONTANO

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure
Removal and disassembly of a vehicle's gas tank in the course of an international border inspection does not require reasonable suspicion. The...
03/30/2004 02-1794

NAT'L ARCHIVES & RECORDS ADMIN. v. FAVISH

United States Supreme Court
Government Law, Injury & Tort Law
The FOIA recognizes surviving family members' right to personal privacy with respect to their close relative's death-scene images. The privacy...
03/30/2004 02-954

NIXON v. MISSOURI MUN. LEAGUE

United States Supreme Court
Communications Law
The class of entities contemplated by 47 U.S.C. section 253 does not include a State's own subdivisions; that preemption provision does not affect the...
03/24/2004 02-1238

US v. GALLETTI

United States Supreme Court
Bankruptcy Law, Corporation & Enterprise Law, Tax Law
The proper tax assessment against a partnership suffices to extend the statute of limitations to collect the tax in a judicial proceeding from the...
03/23/2004 02-1389

S. FLORIDA WATER MGMT. DIST. v. MICCOSUKEE TRIBE OF INDIANS

United States Supreme Court
Environmental Law, Water Law
This suit, brought under the Clean Water Act and alleging that the removal of phosphorus-laden water from the C-11 canal into the WCA-3 wetland...
03/23/2004 02-626

CRAWFORD v. WASHINGTON

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence
Admission of a testimonial statement made by defendant's wife during police interrogation violated the Confrontation Clause. Where testimonial...
03/08/2004 02-9410

IOWA v. TOVAR

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure
For a right-to-counsel waiver at the plea stage to be "knowing and intelligent," it is sufficient that the trial court inform the accused of the...
03/08/2004 02-1541

BALDWIN v. REESE

United States Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, Habeas Corpus
A state prisoner ordinarily does not "fairly present" a federal claim to a state court if that court must read beyond a petition, a brief, or similar...
03/02/2004 02-964

RAYMOND B. YATES, M.D., P.C. PROFIT SHARING PLAN v. HENDON

United States Supreme Court
Bankruptcy Law, ERISA, Labor & Employment Law
The working owner of a business may qualify as a "participant" in a pension plan covered by ERISA. If the plan covers one or more employees other than...
03/02/2004 02-458