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Legal Cases under Review at the United States Supreme Court

Updated on August 15, 2017
  1. 1. Lewis v. Vasquez (Pending petition)

In this case, the plaintiff argued that officers from the Kansas Patrol Base stopped him for a traffic violation, searched his vehicle and went ahead to detain him despite him having done no offence that could warrant suspicion. The issue surrounding this case is whether under specific contexts, two officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol were justified in searching and detaining the car of Vasquez Peter. In essence, the question generated by this case was what level of weight can be afforded to a citizen in determining whether a search is valid. The case will proceed at the Supreme Court on November.

  1. Needham v. Lewis (Pending petition)

In this case, an office who had been accused of murder believed that the victim who had died due to the officer’s shots was posing a serious threat to his safety and others in the vicinity. However, the dashboard video that was presented as evidence did not show any indication for the possibility of this harm. Therefore, the court will need to establish whether the law in this perspective can consider the use of force as being unlawful in this context. This case will be heard on October, 2017.

  1. Hillmann v. City of Chicago (Pending petition)

In this case, the plaintiff, Hillman sued Chicago city for his injuries and the development of cervical radiculopathy while working for the Chicagos Department of Sanitation and Streets in 1973. This was after being assigned responsibilities that increased his injuries despite airing his concerns to the authorities. His position was later discarded and hence he was dismissed. The judges have to weigh in evidence that the authorities had targeted Hillman for the dismissal. The case is under review by the Supreme Court judges.

  1. 4. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (Pending Case)

The issue surrounding this case is whether application of the Colorado's public accommodations law in forcing the petitioner to express himself in a way that violates his strong religious values and beliefs concerning matrimony contravenes the First Amendment’s clauses of free exercises and speech. In particular, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and the owner came under fire when the owner, Jack Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Jack refused because this was promoting homosexuality which was against his Christian beliefs. According to my perspective, the judges have to apply jurisprudence in this matter since they have to weigh between disregarding the already enshrined law in Colorado and application of the First Amendment law which is for the entire nation. The case is scheduled to be heard on August.

  1. Salazar-Limon v. City of Houston (Pending petition)

In this case, the complainant filed suit claiming that an officer Thompson who was attached at the Houston Police Department (HPD) used unreasonable and excess force while arresting him. Subsequently, the plaintiff got seriously harmed in the process. However, there was no reliable evidence that the safety of the officer was in jeopardy or that the complainant had resisted arrest. This case was filed on June 15, 2016 and is scheduled to be heard on. This case is currently under review by the Supreme Court.


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