[REPEAT] SCOTUS Review: ACA, NCAA, Voting Rights Act Free Speech & 4th Amendment

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Free Speech on social media, religious liberty, NCAA, Obamacare, the Voting Rights Act, and warrantless searches in homes -- these are just a handful of cases from the Court's docket during its 2020-21 Term.

Well, it's that time of the year again -- as the Court wraps up its 2020-21 Term, a series of important decisions will be handed down in the waning days.

As always, we'll be discussing these cases from a prism of political or public policy lenses. No prior legal experience, or a comprehensive understanding of the Constitution or the Supreme Court jurisprudence is required.

That being said, we'll discuss the following cases:

▨ Fulton v. Philadelphia
Issue: Does the government violate the First Amendment by conditioning a religious agency’s ability to participate in the foster care system on taking actions and making statements that directly contradict the agency’s religious beliefs? (Yes)

Holding: The refusal of Philadelphia to contract with the Catholic Social Services (CSS) for the provision of foster care services unless CSS agrees to certify same-sex couples as foster parents violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
The Opinion: https://www.supremeco...

▨ California v. Texas
Issue: Is the individual mandate unconstitutional? (No)

Holding: The Court found the injuries they alleged—past and future payments necessary to carry the minimum essential coverage that §5000A(a) of the ACA requires—not “fairly traceable” to the allegedly unlawful conduct. There is no penalty for noncompliance, only the statute’s unenforceable language, which alone is insufficient to establish standing.

The Opinion: https://www.supremeco...

▨ Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.
Issue: Does the First Amendment prohibit public school officials from regulating off-campus student speech? (Yes)

Holding: The First Amendment does not entirely prohibit regulation of off-campus student speech by public school officials. Here, the school’s decision to suspend B.L. from the cheerleading team for posting to social media vulgar language and gestures critical of the school violates the First Amendment.

The Opinion: https://www.supremeco...

▨ NCAA v. Alston
Issue: Does the NCAA's prohibition on compensation for college athletes violate federal antitrust law? (Yes)

Holding: The NCAA’s rules restricting certain education-related benefits for student-athletes violate federal antitrust laws. Thus, there was nothing so unique about the NCAA (or amateur sports for that matter) to alter the traditional method of analysis applied to claims of antitrust violations.

The Opinion: https://www.supremeco...

▨ Lange v. California
Issue: Does the "exigent circumstances" exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement apply when police are pursuing a suspect whom they believe committed a misdemeanor? (No)

Holding: Under the Fourth Amendment, pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does NOT always or categorically qualify as an exigent circumstance justifying a warrantless entry into a home.

The Opinion: https://www.supremeco...

▨ Brnovich v. DNC
Issues: Do Arizona’s H.B. 2023 and out-of-precinct policy violate § 2 of the VRA or the Fifteenth Amendment? (No and No)
The Opinion: https://www.supremeco...

Previous SCOTUS Term in Review discussions:

▨ The 2014-15 Term (https://www.meetup.com...)

▨ The 2015-16 Term (https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ The 2016-17 Term (https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ The 2017-18 Term (https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ The 2018-19 Term (https://www.meetup.co...)

▨ The 2019-20 Term (https://www.meetup.co...)

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Thursday, July 22 at 7:00 PM