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Preview of Today's Sup. Ct. Oral Argument in Hernández v. Mesa

Edith Roberts, SCOTUSblog, Feb. 21, 2017 - "Today the court returns from its February break to hear oral argument in ... Hernández v. Mesa , a case that stems from the cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog . Another...

Transcript of Sup. Ct. Oral Argument: Hernandez v. Mesa (Feb. 21, 2017)

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Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview: Lee v. U.S. (Tues., Mar. 28, 2017)

Manny Vargas, Mar. 24, 2017 - "Mr. Lee repeatedly asked his lawyer about the risk of deportation if he agreed to plead guilty. Again and again, the lawyer reassured Mr. Lee that he would not be deported given, as the lawyer put it, Mr. Lee’s “30 plus years of living in the U.S. and strong...

S.Ct. Cal. on Ineffective Assistance: People v. Patterson

People v. Patterson, Mar. 27, 2017 - "Patterson argues that the prosecution cannot allege in good faith that he would have accepted the plea bargain even if he was aware of its immigration consequences because they have not proffered facts tending to show that such was the case, but the prosecution...

Transcript of Sup. Ct. Oral Argument: Lee v. US (Mar. 28, 2017)

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Cert. Denied in Castro v. DHS (CA3)

Issues: (1) Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit erred in holding that the petitioners are not entitled to judicial review of their statutory, regulatory and constitutional claims, even by habeas corpus, and are “prohibited from invoking the protections of the suspension clause"...

Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview: Maslenjak v. U.S.

Nancy Morawetz, Apr. 24, 2017 - "[On Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017,] the Supreme Court will hear argument in Maslenjak v. United States , a case in which the government seeks extraordinary power to jail and strip citizenship from anyone based on an immaterial misstatement in a citizenship application...

Transcript of Sup. Ct. Oral Argument: Maslenjak v. US (Apr. 26, 2017)

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - x DIVNA MASLENJAK, : Petitioner : No. 16-309 v. : UNITED STATES, : Respondent . : - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - x Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Expert: Travel Ban Cases Will End Up at Supreme Court

Laura Jarrett, CNN, May 15, 2017 - "For the second time in President Donald Trump's young administration, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals will listen to lawyers battle over the legality of his executive order temporarily blocking foreigners from traveling to the US. ... The 9th Circuit isn't...

Legal Experts Take Issue With Comparisons Between Texas, Arizona Immigration Laws

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, May 14, 2017 - "When Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas, he said the “key policies” in the bill have “already been tested at the United States Supreme Court, and approved there.” Abbott...

Supreme Court Immigration Watch: The 2016 Term - Look Out for Six Decisions

Kevin Johnson, May 15, 2017 - "There are a number of immigration cases currently before the Supreme Court (and here ). We should get decisions by the end of the Term in June and will should get a better idea of how the newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, looks at immigration law . The...

Supreme Court Reverses CA6 on Aggravated Felony - Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions

Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions - "We hold that in the context of statutory rape offenses focused solely on the age of the participants, the generic federal definition of “sexual abuse of a minor” under §1101(a)(43)(A) requires the age of the victim to be less than 16. The judgment...

Two Iowa Supreme Court Victories

Prof. Stella Burch Elias writes: "These two great Iowa Supreme Court cases involved a lot of hard work by our clinical colleagues and their students at Iowa Law. In Martinez (the decision holding that part of Iowa's forgery law was preempted on its face and part of Iowa's identity theft...

Supreme Court: Old Gender-Based Citizenship Law Violates Equal Protection

Sessions v. Morales-Santana, June 12, 2017 - "This case concerns a gender-based differential in the law governing acquisition of U. S. citizenship by a child born abroad, when one parent is a U. S. citizen, the other, a citizen of another nation. The main rule appears in 8 U. S. C. §1401(a...

Expert: Trump Travel Ban Suffers 'One-Two Punch'

Maura Dolan and Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2017 - "Another federal appeals court refused on Monday to lift a hold on President Trump’s travel ban, ruling that it lacked justification and violated a federal immigration law that prohibits discrimination based on nationality....

Supreme Court: High-Level Bush Officials Immune from Liability for Muslim Profiling, Abuse

But Possibility to Prove Liability of Prison Administrators Remains June 19, 2017, CCR - "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that former high-level Bush administration officials may be sued for their roles in the post-9/11 profiling and abuse of Muslim, Arab...

Supreme Court on Naturalization: Maslenjak v. U.S.

Maslenjak v. U.S., June 22, 2017 - "A federal statute, 18 U. S. C. §1425(a), makes it a crime to “knowingly procure[], contrary to law, the naturalization of any person.” And when someone is convicted under §1425(a) of unlawfully procuring her own naturalization, her citizenship...

Supreme Court (6-2) on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Jae Lee v. U.S.

Jae Lee v. U.S., June 23, 2017 - "Petitioner Jae Lee was indicted on one count of possessing ecstasy with intent to distribute. Although he has lived in this country for most of his life, Lee is not a United States citizen, and he feared that a criminal conviction might affect his status as a lawful...

Supreme Court on Cross-Border Shooting: Hernandez v. Mesa

Hernandez v. Mesa, June 26, 2017 - "The facts alleged in the complaint depict a disturbing incident resulting in a heartbreaking loss of life. Whether petitioners may recover damages for that loss in this suit depends on questions that are best answered by the Court of Appeals in the first instance...

Supreme Court on Travel Ban: Trump v. IRAP; Trump v. Hawaii

Trump v. IRAP, Trump v. Hawaii, June 26, 2017 - " ... We grant the petitions for certiorari and grant the stay applications in part. ... To begin, we grant both of the Government’s petitions for certiorari and consolidate the cases for argument. The Clerk is directed to set a briefing schedule...

Deep Dives on Supreme Court Travel Ban Ruling (UPDATED June 29, 2017)

Here are seven scholarly takes on Trump v. IRAP, Trump v. Hawaii : 6 Things To Know About The Partial Reinstatement Of Trump’s Travel Ban Musings on Today’s Travel Ban Decision by the Supreme Court On The Travel Ban The Supreme Court Says: Stay Tuned The Supreme Court’s...

Expert: SC Travel Ban Ruling Likely to Trigger Confusion, More Litigation (Law360)

Allissa Wickham, Law360, June 26, 2017 - "With the U.S. Supreme Court allowing President Donald Trump’s travel ban to be enforced against people who don’t have a clear link to the U.S., the question now becomes what exactly will qualify as a "bona fide relationship,” with...

Expert: Clarification Needed on Supreme Court Travel Ban Ruling

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, June 27, 2017 - "In agreeing to hear two cases on President Trump’s travel ban, the court introduced a new phrase to the fraught discussion of refugees and Muslim immigrants: “bona fide relationship.” Those who can show a “bona fide relationship”...

Supreme Court May Have Bolstered Rights of Foreign Nationals with Ties to the United States - Cyrus Mehta

Cyrus Mehta, June 27, 2017 - "While disappointing that the Supreme Court allowed the ban to apply on visa applicants with no ties with the US from the banned countries, it may have permanently bolstered the rights of visa applicants who have ties to the US to challenge visa denials, which hitherto...

June 28, 2017 DOS Cable on Travel Ban After Supreme Court Order

From Reuters : Date: June 28, 2017 at 7:57:39 PM EDT Subject: (SBU) IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13780 FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT RULING -- GUIDANCE TO VISA-ADJUDICATING POSTS From: SECSTATE WASHDC Action: ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE 1. (SBU) Summary: On June 26...