By David L. Hudson, Jr.
Drivers of automobiles generally have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the cars they own and operate.Renting an automobile does not deprive one of that expectation of privacy. However, the question in this case is whether a driver of a rental car who is not an authorized driver pursuant to the rental contract has such an expectation of privacy. Does an unauthorized rental car driver Have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the vehicle?
By Steven D. Schwinn
Charlie Craig and David Mullins asked Jack C. Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop outside of Denver, Colorado, and self-described “cake artist,” to design and create a cake for their wedding celebration. Phillips declined, saying that he objected to same-sex weddings, but that he would provide any other baked goods for the couple. Craig and Mullins brought a complaint under Colorado’s anti-discrimination law and won. Phillips argued that the law violated his rights to free speech and free exercise of religion under the First Amendment.
By Kathy Swedlow
After being convicted of murder and sentenced to die, Marion Wilson claimed that his trial lawyers were ineffective. A Georgia Superior Court considered and rejected those claims in a “reasoned opinion,” and the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed in a “summary order.” Now, on federal habeas corpus review, the federal courts must decide which “adjudication on the merits” to review: the Superior Court’s reasoned opinion or the Supreme Court’s summary order.
By Steven D. Schwinn
The Wisconsin legislature redrew its state Assembly districts in the wake of the 2010 Census. The legislature took into account traditional redistricting criteria; it also considered politics. The resulting Assembly map was an extreme partisan gerrymander that resulted in significant overrepresentation for the majority party (as compared with the statewide vote) and effectively locked in majority-party control of the Assembly. Voters from 11 Assembly districts sued, arguing that the map violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Does the Constitution Prohibit a State from Engaging in Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering in Drawing Its Legislative Districts?