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Chief Justice Roberts and Legal Scholarship

Justice Roberts and Legal Scholarship

In response to questions after giving a speech, Chief Justice Roberts expressed how he generally ignores legal scholarship.  According to the WSJ Blog:

Roberts said he doesn’t pay much attention to academic legal writing. Law review articles are “more abstract” than practical, and aren’t “particularly helpful for practitioners and judges.”

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Herring v. United States, the Exclusionary Rule, and Errors in Databases

Errors in Databases

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Herring v. United States, a case examining whether the exclusionary rule should apply to a search that was based on an error in a database.

In particular, due to a negligent error in a computer database indicating that there was an outstanding felony arrest warrant for Bennie Herring, he was arrested and a search incident to arrest revealed drugs and a gun (which he was not permitted to possess since he had a previous felony conviction).

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