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Supreme Court Issues Opinions on October Cases

Three Decisions Released on Monday

The Supreme Court issued three decisions on cases argued in the October 2018 term on Monday. In the case of Quarles v. United States, the Court determined unanimously that, for a state-level burglary to count as a “violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, a law that hands out harsher sentences to repeat offenders with firearms, a defendant can form the intention to commit burglary at any time after entering a structure unlawfully.

Parker Drilling Management Services Ltd. v. Newton was another unanimous decision by the Court. The Court ruled that when federal law addresses certain issues when it comes to the Outer Continental Shelf, individual State laws are not adopted as replacements. Specifically, with this case, workers on oil-drilling platforms off the coast of California are not entitled to payment for time spent at their work location on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Lastly, in the case of Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service, the Court held that the government is not a “person” under the law who can challenge the validity of a patent. The court ruled 6-to-3 on this case. The court currently has 24 open cases that have yet to be decided from the October 2018 term.

Sources: Supreme Court, SCOTUSblog, Oyez.org
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For the Supreme Court to have wisdom about future cases they will hear.
  • For the Justices of the Court to carefully consider the evidence of the cases still before them.
  • For the nation to be stronger as a result of the Supreme Court decisions handed out on Monday.