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Monday round-up

Last week Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the Justices to allow them to file a lawsuit seeking to block part of Colorado’s scheme for the legalization of marijuana.  Lyle Denniston covered the filing for this blog, while Kent Scheidegger has some initial reactions to the lawsuit at Crime and Consequences.


  • At The Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr discusses cameras in the courtroom and a possible explanation for differences between the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts in their views on those cameras.
  • Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services (via reports that, starting today, “Dreamers” – young adults who entered the country illegally as children – will be able to apply for driver’s licenses in Arizona. Last week the Court turned down Arizona’s application to allow it to deny those young adults licenses.
  • At Jost on Justice, Kenneth Jost criticizes the Court’s recent decision in Heien v. North Carolina, holding that a police officer’s reasonable mistake of law can provide the reasonable suspicion required by the Fourth Amendment. He suggests that “[t]he real issue . . . was not brake lights, but the power that police are to be given under the law.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 22, 2014, 7:56 AM),