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Tue 22 Apr, 2014

Guest post by Professor Edward Lee of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

On April 22, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in an important copyright case involving Aereo, an Internet TV service from Brooklyn that has the financial backing of media mogul Barry Diller. The case has received a lot of media attention because it pits a disruptive Internet startup against the old-line broadcast TV networks. But it also has the potential to transform the cable industry and the way in which people watch TV.


Predicting the winner: A Win for Aereo?

Tue 22 Apr, 2014

Today, the Supreme Court hears oral argument in American Broadcasting Company, Inc. v. Aereo. Professor Edward Lee of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law explains why Aereo's system is a problem for the broadcasters and what the issues are in this case.

Mon 21 Apr, 2014

By Professor Christopher Schmidt. This post is part of ISCOTUS Director Schmidt's "Drama in the Court" series.

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, a First Amendment challenge to an Ohio law that prohibits intentionally false statements about political candidates. The case itself presents the basic free speech question only obliquely. The central issue before the Court is a technical one: whether a party can even go to court to challenge this kind of law prior to being prosecuted for violating that law. This is a question, in other words, of whether the plaintiff has “standing” to make the First Amendment challenge. But the underlying constitutional question—whether the First Amendment permits the regulation of blatant lies in political campaigns—will surely be part of the tomorrow’s oral argument.

Fri 18 Apr, 2014

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The Court decided not to hear another case against the NSA's phone record collection, leaving key legal issues unresolved

A conversation with Supreme Court sketch artist Art Lien

In all of Supreme Court history, only one case that shaped American history has stemmed from chickens. Join author Amity Shlaes at Chicago-Kent College of Law on April 22 as she discusses the famous "sick chicken" New Deal case

With the New Mexico photography case turned away from the Supreme Court, ISCTOUS director Christopher Schmidt considers the Court's history with these kinds of "right to discriminate" claims

Wed 9 Apr, 2014

By Professor Christopher Schmidt

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a New Mexico case involving a photography business that refused to take pictures at a same-sex commitment ceremony. This act of discrimination, according to the state human rights commission, ran afoul of the New Mexico public accommodations law. The couple who owned the photography company claimed that a legal requirement to serve same-sex customers in this context infringed their First Amendment rights. Their argument, in essence, was that in certain circumstances they had a right to discriminate.