Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Four Cases

     (CN) – The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up four cases: Connick v. Thompson, Belleque v. Moore, Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. and Flores-Villar v. United States.

     Connick v. Thompson addresses the liability of a district attorney’s office for failure to train a prosecutor and whether imposing liability undermines prosecutorial immunity. The case drew a split ruling from the full 5th Circuit.
     In Belleque v. Moore, the high court will decide if the erroneous admission of a coerced confession at trial is a harmful error when the defense attorney didn’t try to have the confession suppressed prior to a guilty or no contest plea.
     Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. questions whether an oral complaint about an alleged labor violation is protected under anti-retaliation law.
     In Flores-Villar v. U.S., the Supreme Court must decide if its 2001 decision in Nguyen v. Immigration and Naturalization Service allows the United States to require fathers, but not mothers, to have lived in the country five years before they can transmit citizenship to children born out-of-wedlock to foreigners.

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