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Editor's Note :

This week we are hosting an online symposium on NIFLA v. Becerra, in which the Supreme Court will consider whether the disclosures required by California’s Reproductive FACT Act violate the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Contributions are available at this link.

Alvarez v. Smith

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08-351 7th Cir. Oct 14, 2009
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Dec 8, 2009 8-1 Breyer OT 2009

Holding: The Court agreed to decide how long the police could hold onto seized property without giving the property owner a hearing. When the police returned all the owners' seized property, the Court decided that the case was moot.

Judgment: Vacated and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer on December 8, 2009. Justice Stevens filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part (which SCOTUSblog counts as a dissent).

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