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Recent SCOTUS decisions

Recent SCOTUS decisions

The SCOTUS Supreme Court of the United States has been busy this term. Here are the latest opinions dealing with criminal law.

Byrd v. US. 9-0
Held occupant of vehicle has right to expectation of privacy and is free some unreasonable search and seizure even if person is not on rental car agreement. 2 concurrences.

McCoy v. LA 6-3
A client has right to plead not guilty and have ASSISTANCE of counsel at trial. An attorney may not undercut that plea/right to trial, as a trial strategy, by arguing to the jury the client did it. Dissent says not ineffective assistance of counsel because attorney conceded only 1 element, and fought the mens rea. (all opinions very sympathetic to the attorney)

Dahda v. US 8-0 (No Gorsuch)
Wiretap warrant not defeated by issuing court not having territorial jurisdiction.

US v. Sanchez-Gomez 9-0
Unlawful to restrain a person in non-trial appearances moot, 9th Cir. opinion vacated for mootness.

Murphy v. NCAA (6-1-2)
Feds cannot determine sports book betting for the states. Breyer joins majority and dissent in parts.


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