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Friend of the Court
By Jack King
Friend of the Court columns.
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
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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