US Supreme Court issues 3 opinions

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Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council - Something about fill permits, slurry, the EPA and the Corps.  You're on your own for this one.  6-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, Justice Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion which was joined by Justices Stevens and Souter, and Justices Breyer and Scalia filed concurring opinions.

Forest Grove School Dist. v. T.A. - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act authorizes reimbursement for private special-education service when a public school fails to provide a "free appropriate public education" and the private school placement is appropriate, regardless of whether the child preciously received special-education services through the public school.  6-3 decision authored by Justice Stevens.  Justice Souter filed a dissenting opinion which was joined by Justices Scalia and Thomas.

Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder - constitutional issue avoided concerning Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, but significant expressions of doubt are voiced.  8-1 decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts.  Justice Thomas filed a partial dissent.  Scotusblog has lots of analysis on the opinion.

The court granted certiorari in 3 cases:

U.S. v. Comstock - constitutionality of a 2005 federal law giving federal officials authority to order the long-term confinement of persons considered to be sexually dangerous.

Florida v. Powell - whether Miranda warnings to a suspect in police custody must include an explicity assurance that the suspect may have a lawyer in the room during questioning.

Graham County Soil & Water v. U.S. - whether lawsuits seeking to recover misspent federal funds are barred in the information behind the lawsuits was revealed in local agency reports or audits, rather than in federal proceedings.

Scotusblog has links to the opinions of the courts below, petitions, oppositions, and amici briefs.


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