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Criação de conselhos para fiscalizar ações do Executivo de municípios é tema de repercussão geral

O Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF) irá decidir se é constitucional a edição de lei de iniciativa parlamentar que cria conselho de representantes da sociedade civil com a atribuição de fiscalizar ações do Executivo. O tema é objeto do Recurso Extraordinário (RE) 626946, que teve repercussão geral reconhecida no Plenário Virtual. No caso em questão, a Câmara Municipal de São Paulo questiona decisão do Tribunal de Justiça do estado (TJ-SP), que considerou terem violado a Constituição paulista os artigos 54 e 55 da Lei Orgânica do Município e a Lei estadual 13.881/2004, que tratam da criação do Conselho de Representantes. Ao julgá-las inconstitucionais, a Corte estadual entendeu que as normas afrontam o princípio da harmonia e da independência dos poderes. Pelos dispositivos, compete ao órgão….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Balls, Strikes and Legal Standards

In all the commentary about the Mitchell Report, one point bears repeating: As a report from one private party to another, it need not rely on the “reasonable doubt” standard used in criminal cases or even the “preponderance of the evidence” test used in civil cases. “Due process under law” is a constitutional right guaranteed to us only when its the government doing the investigating and prosecuting. None of the players listed will be losing life or liberty as a result of Mitchells findings... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Dismissal of review in takings case restored precedential effect of Court of Appeal opinion

When the Supreme Court dismissed review in Bottini v. City of San Diego last week, it missed an opportunity to make law on what regulatory action constitutes a taking, for which a government must give just compensation.  But, as appellate lawyer and former Chair of the State Bar Board of Trustees Michael Colantuono reminded me, the court’s action also reinstates the full precedential effect of the Court of Appeal’s opinion in the case. Used to be that the Supreme Court’s grant of review depublished the Court of Appeal opinion in the case, making the opinion unciteable.  Three years ago, however, the court changed the rule, allowing a published opinion to remain published pending review, although the opinion’s precedential effect is diluted; before the Supreme Court decides the case, the Court of Appeal opinion “has no binding or precedential effect, and may be cited for potentially persuasive value only.”  But, if review is….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts

Oyez has posted the aligned audio and transcripts from this week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. The court heard argument this week in: Iancu v. Brunetti Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. v. Newton North Carolina Department of Revenue v. The Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust United States v. Davis McDonough v. Smith   The post Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Justice Liu to be inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Justice Goodwin Liu has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Older than the Constitution, the Academy is described in a California Courts news release as “one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies that recognizes global leaders across diverse fields who are addressing societal challenges and advancing the public good.” Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was elected to the Academy a year ago.  Former Chief Justice Ronald George was inducted in 2009. Court of Appeals Chief Judge and former U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland joins Justice Liu as newly elected fellows in the “Law” section of this year’s 200+-member Academy class.  Other members of the class include former First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, James Fallows, Sherrilyn Ifill, Jonathan Franzen, Deval L. Patrick, and Emily Bazelon. Previously elected Academy members include Benjamin Franklin, Alexander….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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