Ever wondered why evidence is sometimes excluded during criminal trials? In Weeks v. United States (1914), the U.S. Supreme Court announced a far-reaching doctrine known as the “exclusionary rule,” which generally bars the use in court of illegally obtained evidence.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter to the congressional leadership on Monday calling for a reauthorization of FISA Title VII, including Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.
Richard Tsong-Taatarii/ZUMA Press/Newscom Last weekend, in the wee hours of the night, Chicago police stopped a car carrying four people. When officers approached it, they saw a passenger holding a gun. The outcome was a familiar one: an 18-year-old man was shot by police.
by Eugene Volokh
The Volokh Conspiracy / 2016-12-16 18:22
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Judge Diane Sykes speaks in a discussion during the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention in Washington last month. (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)
From a U.S. Law Week article that discusses U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Judge Diane Sykes, a rumored short-short-lister for the Supreme Court nomination:
A potential confirmation hearing for Sykes might be easier than it would be for [U.S. Court of Appeals for 11th Circuit Judge William] Pryor, but that doesn’t mean it would be easy.
Sykes could face questioning about her handling of an ongoing gay rights dispute recently argued on rehearing at the Seventh Circuit, Hively v. Ivy Tech Cmty. Coll., No. 15-1720 (7th Cir. en banc, argued 11/30/16).
The dispute centers on whether the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation………