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Supremes rule on gun law, Indian land case, and union First Amendment claim

supremesA conviction for a misdemeanor violent offense against domestic partner is enough to trigger the Federal Gun Control Act, which prohibits the possession a firearm, even where a domestic relationship was not a predicate of the underlying offense, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today.

That ruling in U. S. v. Hayes was one of three decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.

In Carcieri v. Salazar, the Court held that the federal government did not have the authority to take a 31-acre parcel from the Narragansett Tribe and hold it in trust under Indian Reorganization Act, because the tribe wasn’t in existence when the statute went into effect.

And in Ysursa v. Pocatello Ed. Assn., the Court held that an Idaho law allowing payroll deductions for general union dues but prohibiting deductions for union political activities does not infringe the unions’ First Amendment rights.

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