Issue: (1) Whether 23 U.S.C. § 409, which prohibits the
evidentiary use of reports “compiled or collected for
the purpose of identifying, evaluating or planning”
safety enhancements “pursuant to” three federal
highway programs, bars the admission of National
Crossing Inventory reports and railroad accident
reports collected from railroads by the Federal
Railroad Administration for the purpose of
identifying railroad crossings in need of safety
enhancements; and (2) whether 49 U.S.C. § 20903, which prohibits
the evidentiary use of a federally mandated railroad
accident report in an action “for damages resulting
from a matter mentioned in the report,” bars the
admission of reports of accidents at a railroad
crossing in a tort suit arising out of an accident at the
3/30Brumfield v. Cain Whether a defendant in a capital case has a right to an independent court hearing on Whether he suffers from mental incapacity and therefore is not eligible for the death penalty.
3/31Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Whether the Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se”.
On Monday afternoon Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer testified before the House Appropriations Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Court’s budget for the next fiscal year and the federal judiciary, but the legislators also took full advantage of the occasion to touch on other topics as well.
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