Category: Constitutional Law

Does the Supreme Court Welcome Amicus Briefs?

In the wake of many significant and historical decisions being released by the United States Supreme Court, I began to research the Court’s history, specifically it’s decision making procedures. The Court’s familiar appeal procedures have remained essentially the same for the last 100 years. We see the same brief format for the parties, oral arguments in front of a nine-member… Read more →

Balancing the Fourth Amendment: Supreme Court Muzzles Police Dog Sniff after “Mission” of Traffic Stop is Finished

I recently wrote about the difficult task police and courts are faced with when determining the limitations of search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. This is especially true in light of the recent string of cases seen by the United States Supreme Court to seemingly reinvigorate the constitutional protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment: (1) United States v. Jones, 2012 (finding… Read more →

Balancing the Fourth Amendment: Expectations of Privacy

The United States Constitution provides many freedoms and protections, but each has necessary burdens, limitations, and exceptions in order to ensure that society can properly function (e.g., we cannot falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, a permit is sometimes needed when people are gathering in order to ensure public safety, etc.). The difficulty of determining how extensive these exceptions… Read more →