Justia Weekly Writers’ Picks

This week’s legal news was dominated by four highly anticipated opinions that came down from the United States Supreme Court on affirmative action, voting rights and marriage equality.  That said, our writers also found a few other opinions of note to include in their weekly picks. United States Supreme Court Marriage Equality Hollingsworth v. Perry, United States Supreme Court (6/26/13)

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage, June 26, 2013

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two highly anticipated decisions affecting the rights of gay men and lesbians to marry. Here are some resources to help you understand the two cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) and United States v. Windsor (DOMA). Hollingsworth v. Perry The U.S. Supreme Court (5-4, authored by Chief Justice Roberts) held that the proponents

Amending the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Back in February, I wrote about the crowdsourced effort to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act called Fork the Law. Now, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Sen. Ron Wyden  (D-OR) have introduced legislation in the House and the Senate to make changes to the CFAA. In an op-ed in Wired, Lofgren and Wyden introduced the bill as “Aaron’s Law,” in honor

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court issued three opinions today. Read more about the decisions below. Shelby County v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.  Docket: 12-96 Date: June 25, 2012 Read commentary and review lower court decisions related to Shelby County decision here. Justia Opinion Summary:  The Voting Rights Act of 1965, 42 U.S.C. 1973(a), was enacted to address racial discrimination in voting. Section

Shelby County v. Eric H. Holder, Jr.

The Supreme Court issued an opinion on the Voting Rights Act today  – Shelby County v. Holder.  To help you better understand the decision, below are some links to commentary on the matter and other helpful resources, including briefs and a transcript of the the Supreme Court oral argument. Commentary Michael Dorf, Justice Scalia’s Long Campaign Against “Racial Entitlements” Takes

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued June 24, 2013

The Supreme Court issued six opinions today. Read more about the decisions below. Fisher v. Univ. of Texas at Austin Docket: 11-345 Date: June 24, 2013 Read commentary & review related lower court decisions here. Justia Summary:  Since the Court’s 2003 decision, Grutter v. Bollinger, the University of Texas at Austin has considered race as a factor in undergraduate admissions.

Fisher v. University of Texas

The Supreme Court issued an opinion on affirmative action today – Fisher v. University of Texas.  To help you better understand the decision, below are some links to commentary on the matter and other helpful resources, including briefs and a transcript of the the Supreme Court oral argument. Commentary Vikram David Amar, Does the Diversity Justification for Affirmative Action (Mis)Use

Why Are There Only Six Jurors in George Zimmerman’s Murder Trial?

The media has been closely following the criminal trial of George Zimmerman, the racially charged trial in which Zimmerman is accused of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin. Just this week, a jury of six was chosen. For most people, when we think of juries, we think of them as being comprised of twelve people. Indeed, for over 600 years, juries in

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued June 20, 2013

American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, United States Supreme Court (6/20/13) Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Arbitration & Mediation, Class Action An agreement between American Express and merchants who accept American Express cards, requires that all of their disputes be resolved by arbitration and provides that there “shall be no right or authority for any Claims to be arbitrated on

Justia Writers’ Round Up – Supreme Court Opinions Issued June 17, 2013

Five opinions came down today from the United States Supreme Court. Read the summaries below and read the full text of the opinions at Justia’s U.S. Supreme Court Center. Alleyne v. United States, United States Supreme Court (6/17/13) Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Alleyne was convicted using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, 18