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Madison v. Alabama

United States Supreme Court
Sentencing, Criminal Law & Procedure
Held that the Eighth Amendment may permit executing a prisoner even if he cannot remember committing his crime, but it may forbid execution if his...
02/27/2019 17–7505

Jam v. International Finance Corp.

United States Supreme Court
International Law, Civil Procedure
Held that an international organization did not have as much immunity from lawsuits as it contended it did. The U.S.-headquartered organization was...
02/27/2019 17–1011

Garza v. Idaho

United States Supreme Court
Criminal Law & Procedure
Held that a defendant who had, in the course of pleading guilty, signed what is often called an appeal waiver was entitled to the presumption of...
02/27/2019 17–1026

Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert

United States Supreme Court
Class Actions, Civil Procedure
Held that the federal rule governing appeals from orders granting or denying class certification is not subject to equitable tolling. The plaintiff...
02/26/2019 17–1094

Yovino v. Rizo

United States Supreme Court
Judges & Judiciary, Labor & Employment Law
Held that the Ninth Circuit should not have counted the vote of a circuit judge who died before the decision was issued, because deceased federal...
02/25/2019 18–272

Timbs v. Indiana

United States Supreme Court
Sentencing, Asset Forfeiture, Constitutional Law
Held that the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on excessive fines fully applicable to the States. In this case involving...
02/20/2019 17–1091

Dawson v. Steager

United States Supreme Court
Tax Law
Held that West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against a U.S. Marshalls Service retiree when it gave a generous pension tax benefit only to state or...
02/20/2019 17–419

Moore v. Texas

United States Supreme Court
Sentencing, Criminal Law & Procedure
Held that a man convicted of murder had shown that he had an intellectual disability and thus was ineligible for the death penalty. In reaching a...
02/19/2019 18–443