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Collins v. Virginia

Collins v. Virginia is an undecided Supreme Court case heard in the January term. It involves Fourth Amendment protections within what both sides call the ‘curtilage’ – including areas of private property like driveways, parking patios, and open fields. Relevant to this case are two primary doctrines: the protection of

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Carpenter v. US

Nathan Wessler for the petitioner, Michael Dreeben for the respondent. Carpenter v. US has been dubbed one of the most influential Fourth Amendment cases of this era. According to Oyez: In April 2011, police arrested four men in connection with a series of armed robberies. One of the men confessed to the

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McCoy v. Louisiana

McCoy v. Louisiana is a currently undecided case in front of the United States Supreme Court. According to Oyez, the facts of the case are that: “McCoy [the defendant] subsequently found new counsel to represent him, and his counsel advised him to take a plea. When McCoy refused to take a

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Commerce Clause

At the creation of our Constitution, the federal government was initially intended to be smaller than it is today. Instead of it having most of the power, it was supposed to be more of a collaboration with the states, a balance of power. This shift in power has been partly due

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Jury Nullification

DISCLAIMER: Reading this article may prevent you from ever serving on a jury without risk of committing perjury. The NWYJ or any of its affiliates are not responsible for any damages incurred directly or indirectly from this article. Read this article at your own risk. DISCLAIMER 2: The NWYJ or any

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