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Should the federal court review the one-sentence decision below, or look at the prior court's decision to consider the court's reasoning?
Is Ayestas entitled to a government-paid investigator?
Plaintiffs, victims of terrorist attacks, sued a foreign bank claiming the bank held accounts for known terrorists. The Court will decide if the bank - a corporate defendant - can be sued under the Alien Tort Statute (the law the plaintiffs are using).
Should these EPA challenges start directly in the appeals courts?
This case gets to the heart of what it means to be a lawyer. The Court will determine if a court filing rule can be waived, or if a court can give an exception to it.
Did the officers have probable cause to arrest the plaintiffs, who were partying in a house that turned out not to belong to the person who invited them?
Are noncitizen entitled bond hearings when detained 6 months or more awaiting a decision on deportation?
Class wants to challenge the law he violated as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. But he pled guilty. Can he do that?
Should the Court defer to the President's expertise on national security? Go deeper into the deference argument and see how the Court will analyze the issue.
Part I: How do the legal claims in this case differ from the same-sex marriage case?
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