October Ballot for the Supreme Court Fantasy League

Posted: November 1, 2015 by beguide in Uncategorized
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Enclosed is the first ballot for the Citizen’s Guide to the Supreme Court Fantasy League.  As you can see, it’s not that complicated, so please feel free to email me if you would like to participate.

October Ballot for SCOTUS Fantasy League

Please check your vote for each of the following cases by placing an “x” by your choice for each of the three questions for each case. Please email your final ballot back to citizensguidetothesupremecourt@gmail.com.   Ballots are due by the 1st day of the next month (November 1, 2015). Any cases on this ballot that are decided before that deadline will not count toward the final vote. Ballots may be turned in after the deadline, but any cases with final verdict will not count toward the total. Once ballots are emailed in, they are final. Good luck and please review www.citizensguidetothesupremecourt.com for case summaries of these cases.

  1. Luis v. U.S. – Does the 5th/6th Amendment prevent the government from freezing a defendant’s assets so that the Defendant cannot hire the attorney of the Defendant’s choice?

1a.          Who will win?   Appellant (Luis)                                                           Appellee (U.S.)                                

1b.          What will the vote distribution be?

9-0                           8-1                           7-2                        6-3                        5-4                        Plurality

1c.          Who writes the majority opinion?

Roberts                Alito                    Thomas Scalia                   Kennedy             Kagan                   Breyer                Sotomayor                                   Ginsberg            

  1. Ocasio v. U.S. – Does the charge of conspiracy require that the defendant defrauded someone outside the conspiracy, or can defendant be found guilty for defrauding his co-conspirators?

2a.          Who will win?   Appellant (Ocasio)                                                          Appellee (U.S.)

2b.          What will the vote distribution be?

9-0                           8-1                           7-2                        6-3                        5-4                        Plurality

2c.          Who writes the majority opinion?

Roberts                Alito                    Thomas Scalia                   Kennedy             Kagan                   Breyer                Sotomayor                                    Ginsberg           

  1. Lockhart v. U.S. – Does the sentence “aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, or abusive sexual conduct involving a minor or ward” require that all charges involve a minor or ward or just the last entry for abuse sexual conduct?

3a.          Who will win?   Appellant (Lockhart)                                                      Appellee (U.S.)                                

3b.          What will the vote distribution be?

9-0                           8-1                           7-2                        6-3                        5-4                        Plurality

3c.          Who writes the majority opinion?

Roberts                Alito                    Thomas Scalia                   Kennedy             Kagan                   Breyer                Sotomayor                                    Ginsberg           

  1. Utah v. Strieff – Is an officer’s unconstitutional search of a defendant admissible at trial when the defendant had an outstanding arrest warrant and therefore could have been searched had the officer known of the warrant?

4a.          Who will win?   Appellant (Utah)                                                              Appellee (Strieff)                           

4b.          What will the vote distribution be?

9-0                           8-1                           7-2                        6-3                        5-4                        Plurality

4c.          Who writes the majority opinion?

Roberts                Alito                    Thomas Scalia                   Kennedy             Kagan                   Breyer                Sotomayor                                    Ginsberg

  1. Heffernan v. City of Patterson – Can the government punish an employee for their perception of the employee’s free speech, of which the employee denies that speech has taken place?

5a.          Who will win?   Appellant (Heffernan)                      Appellee (City of Patterson)                               

5b.          What will the vote distribution be?

9-0                           8-1                           7-2                        6-3                        5-4                        Plurality

5c.          Who writes the majority opinion?

Roberts                Alito                    Thomas Scalia                   Kennedy             Kagan                   Breyer                Sotomayor                                    Ginsberg           

  1. Campbell-Elward v. Gomez – Can a class action plaintiff continue with his claim when the defendant has offered the maximum settlement to that individual plaintiff permitted by law?

6a.          Who will win?   Appellant (Campbell-Elward)                        Appellee (Gomez)                                   

6b.          What will the vote distribution be?

9-0                           8-1                           7-2                        6-3                        5-4                        Plurality

6c.          Who writes the majority opinion?

Roberts                Alito                    Thomas Scalia                   Kennedy             Kagan                   Breyer                Sotomayor                                    Ginsberg           

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