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One of this term’s most anticipated Supreme Court decisions is now available: Matal v Tam (formerly Lee v Tam, before Ms. Lee left the trademark office). In short, the Court decided that the government cannot refuse the registry of trademarks merely because they may be offensive. In long, read on! The Facts Despite all the

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Two US Supreme Court decisions on criminal law this week. Pena-Rodriguez v Colorado: Ruling (legalese): When a juror in a criminal trial relies on racial bias to convict a defendant, the no-impeachment rule does not shield the jury’s verdict from reconsideration on Sixth Amendment grounds. Ruling (real words): The Sixth Amendment grants criminal defendants the

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This week, the Supreme Court chose not to hear Reed v Louisiana, a case about whether the death penalty is constitutional under the 8th Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment. In doing so, it left the lower court’s ruling in place, meaning that for now, capital punishment remains legal. Capital punishment is just about as old

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