May 24th - This Week at the United States Supreme Court

Supreme Podcast show

Summary: This week the Court issued three opinions and granted certiorari to one new case. We begin this week with the Court's grant of certiorari in Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, which considers whether attorneys, journalists, and labor, legal, media, and human rights organizations have standing to challenge the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, which authorizes the government to collect international communications, some of which may include those of law abiding U.S. citizens and residents. We next consider the Court’s decision this week in Holder v. Martinez Gutierrez, an immigration case in which the court decides whether a parent’s years as a lawful permanent resident can be imputed to that immigrant’s child to prevent the child from being removed from the country. Finally, we consider the Court's decision this week in Astrue v. Capato, wherein the Court decides whether a child conceived nearly a year after its father’s death by way of in-vitro fertilization qualifies for survivor benefits under the Social Security Act. GRANTS OF CERTIORARI (click on case name to download lower court decision) Clapper v. Amnesty International USA (Second Circuit) OPINIONS (click to download) Holder v. Martinez Gutierrez (10-1542) Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd. (10-1472) Astrue v. Capato (11-159) Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc. (10-1042) Blueford v. Arkansas (10-1320)