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Supreme Court to Decide If Police Officers Must Accommodate Mentally Ill Arrestees

Per the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accommodating persons with disabilities is the norm. Twenty-five years after the Act’s passage, the Supreme Court will decide whether it applies to police officers arresting a mentally ill suspect who is armed and violent. (Getty Images) In City & County of San Francisco v. Sheehan,

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Supreme Court Opinions? Already?!

Despite being early in the term, the Supreme Court has already issued two opinions involving state and local government. Getty images As the Supreme Court’s term only began on October 6 it is a little early for the Court to be issuing opinions except in the instance of per curiam (unauthored) opinions where the Court

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Unqualified Win in Qualified Immunity Cases

The Supreme Court resolves circuit splits (where federal circuit courts of appeals have decided the same issue differently) and isn’t an error correcting Court.  But you would not know that if you looked just at the Court’s two unanimous qualified immunity decided this week. State and local government officials can be sued for money damages

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A Term of Recurring Themes

Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. If you follow the Supreme Court’s docket, one theme from this term is unmistakable:  patent cases.  The Court has taken at least five patent cases (out of less than 70).  But patents don’t worry the State and Local

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In Hot Pursuit of Qualified Immunity

Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak. While a recent Washington Post article notes that the Supreme Court isn’t hearing as many cases as usual this winter, the Court has not been shy about taking qualified immunity cases.  Recently, the Court decided to

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