The U.S. Supreme Court is seen after the court revived Ohio's contentious policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls, overturning a lower court ruling that Ohio's policy violated the National Voter Registration Act, in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018.
In this session of the Supreme Court, now drawing to a close, the justices have chose to avoid a major decision on voting rights rather than send a clear message going into the 2018 midterm elections.
Without explanation, the court denied certiorari in Dassey v. Dittmann, an appeal brought by lawyers for Brendan Dassey, who was convicted in 2005 in Wisconsin on rape and murder and sentenced to life, based on a taped confession and little or nothing else. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007.
At the time of the police interrogation, Dassey had a verbal IQ score of 65, and a general intellectual ability in the seventh percentile, compared to the other students in his class.
Dassey's attorney, Laura Nirider, told E!
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Joan Mannix, special counsel at the Thomas More Society, said the "proceedings in the courts of Washington were tainted with the same kind of intolerance and disrespect for the constitutionally protected free exercise of religion as those that occurred in Colorado". Dassey's attorneys argued that their client is borderline intellectually disabled and was coerced into a false confession. The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ruling for American Express in a lawsuit over rules it imposes on merchants who accept its cards.
At Dassey's separate trial, video of him speaking with investigators and confessing to participating in Halbach's rape and murder played a central role.
In response to the rulings in those cases, attorneys for North Carolina lawmakers filed a brief last week with the Supreme Court saying the case over the state's congressional districts should be sent back to the lower court to further address questions raised in the Wisconsin case.
The Supreme Court recently considered the question of partisan gerrymandering in cases from Wisconsin and Maryland.
Waggoner says the Court also provided general guidelines on evaluating the remaining free speech and free exercise claims that it did not need to decide in Jack's case. She spends months or even years getting to know the bride and groom, in order to understand their vision and what they want to convey. Then, in late 2017, the full appeals court ruled 4-3 that the state courts' determination that Dassey's confession was voluntary was reasonable, meaning no release or retrial.