Judge Barrett’s Most Significant Opinions

The confirmation vote on Judge Barrett will take place on Monday. Every U.S. Senator who wants to read her judicial opinions has probably already done so, and the rest assuredly know how they will vote, but let’s pretend otherwise. Say there actually were an undecided Senator, looking to Judge Barrett’s opinions to make a decision.Continue reading “Judge Barrett’s Most Significant Opinions”

Judge Barrett on Gun Rights

Judge Barrett wrote only a single opinion directly addressing gun rights. Her opinions in other cases – particularly Biegert v. Molitor, United States v. Watson, United States v. Moody, and United States v. Briggs – might also indicate her views on legal issues relating to gun rights. Kanter v. Barr (2019) Judge Barrett placed thisContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Gun Rights”

Judge Barrett on Immigration

Because of Judge Barrett’s imminent confirmation hearing, I have only summarised the two opinions that Judge Barrett designated as among her most significant. The remaining cases are listed here for the convenience of those who wish to read them. Yafai v. Pompeo (2019) Judge Barrett listed this as number two of her ten (actually eleven)Continue reading “Judge Barrett on Immigration”

Judge Barrett on the Environment

Orchard Hill Building Co. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2018) Although Judge Barrett did not write this opinion, she did join it. It has been (rightly or wrongly) considered a significant indicator of her views on environmental issues, so I have included it. Warmke is a 100-acre parcel of former farmland in Illinois. ItContinue reading “Judge Barrett on the Environment”

Judge Barrett on Statutory Claims II

These civil law claims arise out of statutes and do not fit within any other category. As always, please read the overview for context. PMT Machinery Sales, Inc. v. Yama Seiki USA, Inc. (2019) PMT Machinery Sales aspired to become Yama Seiki’s exclusive dealer in eastern Wisconsin. It rejected Yama Seiki’s formal offer of exclusiveContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Statutory Claims II”

Judge Barrett on Statutory Claims I

These civil law claims arise out of statutes and do not fit within any other category. As always, please read the overview for context. Carello v. Aurora Policemen Credit Union (2019) The Aurora Policemen Credit Union, as the name suggests, offers membership only to specified municipal and county employees. Matthew Carello was not one ofContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Statutory Claims I”

Judge Barrett on Government III

This series consists of cases brought by or against the government. They do not include criminal cases, lawsuits against law enforcement, lawsuits based on the management of jails and prisons, immigration, or lawsuits against the government in its capacity as an employer. Those lawsuits are (or will be) summarised elsewhere. For further context, please readContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Government III”

Judge Barrett on Government II

This series consists of cases brought by or against the government. They do not include criminal cases, lawsuits against law enforcement, lawsuits based on the management of jails and prisons, immigration, or lawsuits against the government in its capacity as an employer. Those lawsuits are (or will be) summarised elsewhere. For further context, please readContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Government II”

Judge Barrett on Government I

The following cases are brought by or against the government. They do not include criminal cases, lawsuits against law enforcement, lawsuits based on the management of jails and prisons, immigration, or lawsuits against the government in its capacity as an employer. Those lawsuits are (or will be) summarised elsewhere. For further context, please read theContinue reading “Judge Barrett on Government I”

Judge Barrett on the First Step Act

These cases are presented in the order that is easiest to read. As always, before reading this summary, please read the overview for context. United States v. Sparkman (3 September, 2020) Tony Sparkman was a gangster who robbed drug dealers. His gang committed robberies, kidnappings, and even murders. [2] Mr. Sparkman was convicted of manyContinue reading “Judge Barrett on the First Step Act”