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California Supreme Court report card

It’s not good. In its decision in Howell v. Hamilton Meats (2011), the Court says if you’re injured in an accident, the insurance industry can harvest the economic protection you paid for when you purchased a health care plan. How large is the harvest, you ask? The answer is shocking. According to the law firm…

Tor no more? Supreme Court approves new exception to warrant rule

Although the Supreme Court gets the most coverage when it decides big cases with far-reaching effects, it also engages in many under-the-radar judicial activities that – though mostly ministerial – can sometimes substantially alter individual rights and the legal landscape. Last week, the Court engaged in one of these activities: amending the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. While the Court did approve some pretty arcane changes, it also approved an amendment that has the potential to radically increase the government’s ability to engage in searches of electronic devices and documents.

The curious case of United States v. Texas

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas, a challenge to President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration. Specifically, the case concerns the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) policies. These policies would allow certain undocumented immigrant…

Remembering Justice Scalia and what he would have wanted

In his 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia established himself as the intellectual foundation of the conservative movement, revolutionized American jurisprudence, and animated the Court with such sayings as “jiggery-pokery.” He won over court-watchers of all stripes with his wit and counted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the loyal opposition, among his closest friends.…