No voter wants their representative to be stuck in yesterday’s news cycle. While many might not realize it, important cases are argued and ruled upon every single day; the Supreme Court alone reviews around 7,000 – 8,000 cases per term. Each of these cases has the potential to spark public interest or open the door to vital legislative reviews, making it vital for any politician worth his office to keep his ear to the ground and take notice of high-profile Supreme Court cases. I find this to be especially important today, given our currently intense political atmosphere.
Below, I have listed a couple of important Supreme Court cases currently under review. However, if you wish to delve deeper into these and other current cases, visit the Supreme Court of the United States’ blog for more information.
Case Granted: September 28, 2017
Current Status: Pending
Context: This case questions whether police officers violated Ray Austin Collins’ fourth amendment rights when they lifted a tarp covering a motorcycle in his driveway during the course of investigation to determine whether the motorcycle was the same one used to elude police detainment on several previous occasions. The officers arrived at Collins’ residence after seeing him violate several traffic laws while riding the motorcycle. After confirming that the motorcycle was the one they had seen, the officers waited for him to return home. Under questioning, the defendant admitted to having bought the vehicle despite knowing that it was stolen.
Question at hand: Given that the police crossed onto Collins’ private property and lifted the tarp to confirm the motorcycle without a warrant, should the motorcycle be suppressed as evidence or upheld under the automobile exception to the fourth amendment?
Case Granted: February 21, 2017
Current Status: Pending
Context: In May of 2013, Rodney Class represented himself to the District of Columbia Circuit and pleaded guilty to possessing three firearms on United States Capitol Grounds. He later appealed this ruling under the argument that his conviction was unconstitutional, though the appellate court affirmed the original guilty ruling.
Question at hand: Does a guilty plea bar a defendant from arguing against the constitutionality of his conviction?
These are only two of many intriguing cases; those who wish to keep current on Supreme Court cases and rulings should bookmark the SCOTUS Blog as a resource. The SCOTUS Blog not only provides a record of cases on and beyond the docket, but also offers informative posts and insights into ruling implications.