Constitutional Law

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Salinas v. Texas

133 S. Ct. 2174 (2013)

Facts

Two brothers were shot and killed in their home.  Police recovered shotgun shell casings at the home and their investigation led to defendant, who agreed to hand over his shotgun for ballistics testing an...

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Berghuis v. Smith

559 U.S. 314 (2010)

Facts

Defendant was charged with the shooting and killing of a man during a bar brawl in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  At voir dire for defendant’s trial, the venire panel included 60 to 100 individuals, of which thr...

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United States v. Carolene Products Co.

Facts

Power of the 5th amendment (this is in relation to people, not states).

“Filled milk act” – which prohibits the shipment of milk in interstate commerce of skimmed milk, compounded with any fat or oil other than ...

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Strauder v. West Virginia

Procedural History

Was unable to move to federal court, and therefore was not able to protest the white jury panel only.

Facts

P was convicted of murder.  In West Virginia, it s...

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Prigg v. Pennsylvania

Facts

Federal Law — Fugitive slave act of 1793 authorized the owner to seize a fugitive slave and bring him before a federal judge, or magistrate who was required to “certificate” the escaped slave, in which, under the laws of the ...

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