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Supreme Court rules 'crime of violence' law is unconstitutionally vague

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law requiring longer prison sentences for using a gun during a "crime of violence" is unconstitutionally vague.

The court voted 5-4 stating the law "provides no reliable way" to determine which offenses qualify as crimes of violence.
The case presented to the Supreme Court involved two men -- Maurice Davis and Andre Glover -- who were convicted of several robbery charges and another federal statute that required increased mandatory minimum sentences for a "crime of violence."
Read more at UPI
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Supreme Court Rules That 'Scandalous' and 'Immoral' Names Can Be Trademarked

In a 6-3 ruling decided Monday, the Supreme Court struck down the Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) ban on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, calling it a violation of free speech

The ruling was decided by a mix of liberal and conservative justices. Kagan, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh all voted in favor.
Read more at Time.com
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Michigan Supreme Court won’t upset major ruling on prisoner rights

The Michigan Constitution says “no person shall be denied the equal protection of laws” when receiving a public service.

The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for prisoners to sue the Corrections Department for alleged civil rights violations.
Read more at The Detroit News
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