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March 2007 , Page 55 

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Friend of the Court

By Jack King

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NACDL’s Amicus Curiae Committee is in the process of reorganizing and streamlining its procedures. We will report more on committee reforms in a future column. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you the myriad issues NACDL has recently tackled. Most of the briefs are available to Members, the media, and the public on NACDL’s Web site.

NACDL Amicus Briefs Filed in the U.S. Supreme Court

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  • Brendlin v. California, No. 06-8120, lower court opinion, 136 P.3d 845 (Cal. 2006), cert. granted, January 19, 2007.  

Question presented: Whether a passenger in a vehicle subject to a traffic stop is thereby “detained” for purposes of the Fourth Amendment, thus allowing the passenger to contest the legality of the traffic stop.
Author: Jon Nuechterlein, Wilmer Hale, Washington, D.C.

  • Scott v. Harris, No. 05-1631, lower court opinion, 433 F.3d 807 (11th Cir. 2005), cert. granted, October 27, 2006, NACDL amicus brief filed January 17, 2007; oral argument schedule
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