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Congress edged closer to a rare bipartisan achievement when a House panel voted overwhelmingly to send a prison reform plan to the floor, despite internal GOP tensions in the Senate over the White House-backed bill, Politico reports. The legislation, a key priority of Jared Kushner,...

Briefly: At Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs looks at a new “analysis of 313 Supreme Court cases [that] found ‘male justices evaluate counsel based on their compliance with traditional gender norms, rewarding male counsel for cool, unemotional arguments, and rewarding female counsel for emotionally compelling arguments.’” For The...

In its conference of May 10, 2018, the court will consider petitions involving issues such as whether the Supreme Court should overrule the “separate sovereigns” exception to the double jeopardy clause; whether the Johnson rule made retroactive in Welch renders the residual clause of the...

The petition of the day is: Davis v. Mississippi 17-1343 Issues: (1) Whether the Eighth Amendment requires the sentencing authority to make a finding that a juvenile is permanently incorrigible in order to impose a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole; and (2) whether...

As policymakers weigh the many policy implications associated with the Internet of Things (“IoT”), U.S. lawmakers have put forward a variety of proposals for studying—and regulating—IoT devices. Although the likelihood of current proposals becoming law this term remain uncertain at best, existing legislative proposals provide...