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US Supreme Court update

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the case of Brendlin v. California. The case presents the issue of whether a passenger in a vehicle that is subject to a traffic stop is "seized" for Fourth Amendment purposes, thus providing standing to the passenger to contest the legality of the stop. Scotusblog provides a summary of the argument and a link to the transcript.

Also on Monday, the Court granted certiorari in U.S. v. Santos. The case presents an opportunity to clarify the scope of a federal money laundering law on the issue of whether the ban on the use of "proceeds" of a crime applies to the total amount of money, or only the profits. Scotusblog provides additional details here. It also provides a list of notable cases in which cert was denied by the court yesterday.

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