Expert Comment for Pending U.S. Supreme Court Rulings

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-573-8151October 20, 2005

EXPERT COMMENT FOR  PENDING  U.S. SUPREME COURT RULINGS

from the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Oct. 20, 2005

Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission

Whether a federal law restricting campaign advertising must contain an exception for grassroots issue ads that coincide with elections

Nathaniel Persily, professor of law

Areas of expertise: Election law, campaign finance, congressional redistricting

Gonzales v. Oregon

Whether the Justice Department has the authority to bar Oregon doctors from prescribing lethal doses of medicine as allowed by state law

Theodore Ruger, professor of law

Areas of expertise: Constitutional law, health law

House v. Bell

Whether convicted criminals should get a new trial based on new evidence, such as DNA

David Rudovsky, professor of law

Areas of expertise: Criminal law, police powers, police misconduct, death penalty

Randall v. Sorrell

Whether Vermont may limit how much a candidate for state office can spend on a campaign

Nathaniel Persily, professor of law

Areas of expertise: Election law, campaign finance, congressional redistricting

Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights

Whether public federally funded universities may ban military recruiters from university campuses for violating anti-discrimination policies toward gays

Kermit Roosevelt, professor of law

Areas of expertise: Constitutional law, conflict of laws, federalism

Garcetti v. Ceballos

Whether the First Amendment provides protection for whistle blowers in public agencies.  

Edwin Baker, professor of law

Areas of expertise: First Amendment