May 9, 2016
Deciding whether a person can commit the crime of conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act for extortion when the co-conspirators are the persons illegally providing the bribes to the government official.
Apr 27, 2016
Application of the full faith and credit clause of the U.S. Constitution when one state considers whether the court of another state acted in accordance with the other state’s laws, and whether a jurisdictional question is really jurisdictional.
Apr 20, 2016
Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual: Does ERISA preempt Vermont’s health care reporting requirements?
Apr 5, 2016
Determination of diversity of citizenship for a Maryland real estate investment trust.
Mar 29, 2016
James v. Boise. Supremacy of standard for attorneys fees for defendants in civil rights litigation. Does the U.S. Supreme Court rule apply, or can states set their own rules for lawsuits under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983? Answer: U.S. Supreme Court precedent applies. Amgen, Inc. v. Harris. Standards for suing fiduciaries employer stock purchase retirement plans.
Mar 22, 2016
Not Two Blockbusters Menominee Tribe of Wis. v. United States Examining the elements of equitable tolling for a federal statute of limitations. FERC v. Electric Power Supply Assn. Examining the authority of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to demand reduction schemes that impact interstate wholesale power rates.
Mar 17, 2016
1. Is a challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence in a criminal case assessed based on the elements of the charges in the indictment, or on additional elements added in an erroneous jury instruction that benefited the defendant?
Mar 9, 2016
Application of the rule of the last antecedent to 18 U. S. C. §2252(a)(4), under which persons convicted of possession of child pornography are subject to a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence and an increased maximum sentence if they have “a prior conviction . . . under the laws of any State relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor or ward.”
Mar 1, 2016
Does the rule announced in Miller v. Alabama, holding that juvenile murderers prosecuted as adults cannot be automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, apply retroactively?
Feb 24, 2016
Question: Can a corporation opposing a class action make an offer of judgment to the named plaintiff in the amount of damages sought in the lawsuit and thereby render the matter moot?
Feb 16, 2016
Question Presented: ERISA allows for suites for appropriate equitable relief to enforce the provisions of an employee benefit plan. Does this mean that plans are limited to the type of equitable relief that existed at the time there were separate law courts and equity courts?
Jan 26, 2016
Examination of Florida’s death penalty sentencing statute. Opinion by Justice Sotomayor.
Jan 19, 2016
Issue Presented: Whether an indigent prisoner litigant must pay multiple monthly payments, one per each lawsuit, for lawsuits filed in federal court.
Dec 29, 2015
Recognizing a right to privacy under the United States Constitution. Opinion by Justice William O. Douglas.
Dec 22, 2015
Discussion of two new opinions from the United States Supreme Court: White v. Wheeler and DirectTV, Inc. v. Imburgia. White v. Wheeler: Standard of review regarding dismissal of a juror in a death penalty prosecution under the AEDPA.
Dec 16, 2015
Can a federal district court judge deny a request for a three judge panel in a case challenging the constitutionality of congressional districts drawn by a state legislature?
Dec 8, 2015
Discussion of the commercial activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
Nov 24, 2015
Question Presented: Was it constitutional under the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the law to have public school segregated on the basis of race?
Nov 17, 2015
Question: Was a police officer protected from a lawsuit for a claim arising out of a shooting of a fugitive fleeing arrest in a car chase?
Nov 10, 2015
Does the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect an individual’s right to possess firearms, or does it only apply to members of a state militia?
Nov 4, 2015
Question Presented: Did Congress have constitutional authority to create a cause of action for gender-motivated violence?
Oct 27, 2015
Hirabayashi v. United States (1943) Upholding curfews of Japanese Americans Yasui v. United States (1943). A companion case of Hirabayashi. Korematsu v. United States (1944). Upholding the constitutionality of removal of Japanese Americans from the west coast. Ex Parte Endo (1944). Finding that detention of loyal Japanese Americans was not authorized.
Oct 19, 2015
Question: Was trial counsel constitutionally ineffective for failing to review a 1991 scientific paper on comparative lead bullet analysis?
Oct 6, 2015
Can the people of a state, through amendment of the state constitution, give power to establish legislative districts to an independent commission and not the state legislature? This was an effort to Arizona to stop the practice of Gerrymandering.
Sep 29, 2015
Episode Four--with special guest Dr. Rob Orman. Roe versus Wade Historical decision establishing a constitutional right to privacy protection for abortions prior to viability of the fetus.