Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions

Please enjoy the latest edition of Short Circuit , a weekly feature from the Institute for Justice. This week, in Torres v. Madrid , the Supreme Court considered whether a woman who was shot in the back by plain-clothed police officers may bring a Fourth Amendment challenge to the shooting, or if the Constitution does not apply merely because she was able to drive away immediately after being shot. If the Supreme Court declares that Roxanne Torres wasn’t "seized" by the officers’ barrage of gunfire, then she will be denied her day in court to determine whether the officers’ violence was reasonable—and so will any other individual who is not immediately incapacitated or killed by police violence. As IJ and other civil rights groups noted in a joint amicus brief , a ruling against Torres would make police effectively immune in a broad range of excessive force cases. Over at Forbes.com , IJ’s Nick Sibilla has more. Butterflies know no borders, but the feds plan to build a border wall through a butterfly sanctuary. Federal agents station themselves at the property, declare it off limits to employees and visitors alike, and begin widening roadways and cutting trees. D.C. Circuit : Butterflies may go where they want, but governments need to provide due process before they take over private property. American banknotes are unusual in that they are all the same size and texture and nearly identical in color—all of which presents a problem to people who are blind. Thankfully, […]

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