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Grants of Certiorari

EQUAL PROTECTION

Does an immigration law that allows a child born out of the country to a mother, but not a father, who is a U.S. citizen to obtain citizenship violate the Constitution’s Equal Protection provision? Flores-Villar v. U.S. No 09-5801. Certiorari ...

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§1983

Is a single Brady violation by a district attorney’s office, where a prosecutor intentionally hid exculpatory evidence, sufficient to impose liability for failure to train under §1983? See “Supreme Court to decide prosecutor’s liability.” Connick v. Thompson, No. 09-571. Certiorari ...

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RETALIATION

Is an oral complaint of a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act protected conduct under the anti-retaliation provision, 29 U.S.C. § 215(a)(3)? See “Verbal complaint not protected under FLSA” Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., No. 09-834. Certiorari granted: March 22, 2010. ...

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PRIVACY ACT

Did the government violate the privacy rights of federal contract employees by conducting a background investigation into whether they had received treatment or counseling for illegal drug use, as well as asking references for any adverse information about the employees ...

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FIRST AMENDMENT

Do the First Amendment rights of protesters trump the privacy rights of those attending the funeral of a U.S. Marine who was killed in Iraq? See “Is military funeral protest protected by the First Amendment?“

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CONFRONTATION CLAUSE

Do a shooting victim’s statements to police shortly before his death constitute inadmissible testimonial statements under the Sixth Amendment? See “Are dying victim’s statements to police testimonial?” Michigan v. Bryant, No.09-150. Certiorari granted: March 1, 2010. Ruling below: 483 Mich. ...

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ATTORNEY FEES

Can interim attorney fees be awarded for a constitutional violation without determining if the constitutional violation was the result of a policy or custom adopted by a municipality? Los Angeles County v. Humphries , 09-350. Certiorari granted Feb. 22, 2010. ...

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INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL

Is a criminal defendant is denied the effective assistance of counsel when his lawyer chooses methods other than expert testimony to create a reasonable doubt of guilt? See “Justices to rule on use of expert testimony in criminal trials.”

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