Violence Against Women

  • Determined whether allowing victim's statements made to 911 or to police to be used as evidence in criminal prosecutions where victim does not testify, including domestic violence prosecutions, violates criminal defendant's rights under Confrontation Clause of U.S. Constitution.
  • For reversal of the district court decision granting defendants-appellees summary judgment. Appellant had sued regarding false charges of theft after she reported a robbery and rape. The brief argues the police had no probable cause for arrest, but instead based the charges on long-discredited beliefs about sexual assault. In its decision, the Court of Appeals found the District Court to be in error in granting summary judgment on the probable cause issue.
  • Concerned the custody of the infant child after a domestic violence dispute between the parents.
  • Determined whether domestic violence can present a “grave risk” of harm to children within the meaning of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
  • Determined whether the District of Columbia's gun control laws banning private possession of handguns violate the Second Amendment.
  • Determined whether the Commerce Clause authorized Congress to enact the Driver's Privacy Protection Act, which protects the private information kept by state driver's license bureaus against commercial use, and whether the statute violated the Tenth or Eleventh Amendment.