Card image cap

U.S. Supreme Court 2020 - 2021 Term: Cases involving Criminal Law Issues

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 120 minutes
Recorded Date: December 15, 2021
Click here to share this program
Printer-Friendly Version
Closed Caption


Fourth Amendment: Unreasonable Searches & Seizures

Torres v Madrid.  Is shooting someone, but not stopping them, a seizure?

Caniglia v Strom  For entry into a home, is there a “community caretaking” exception to the warrant requirement?

Lange v California  For entry into a home, is hot pursuit to arrest for a misdemeanor an exception to the warrant requirement?

United States v Cooley  Does a tribal police officer have authority to detain temporarily and to search non-Indians traveling on public rights-of-way running through a reservation for potential violations of state or federal law?

Eighth Amendment: Cruel & Unusual Punishment

Taylor v Riojas Was it clearly established that prisoners could not be housed for six days in cells teeming with human waste, so that defendants were not entitled to qualified immunity ?

Jones v Mississippi  Is a specific finding of permanent incorrigibility required to sentence a person under 18 to life without the possibility of parole?

42 USC Section 2000cc-1: Protection of Religious Exercise of Institutionalized Persons

Dunn v Smith  Is there a right to the presence of  a spiritual adviser during an execution?

28 USC Section 2254: Habeas Corpus - Persons in State Custody Remedies in Federal Courts

Alaska v Wright Is a person “in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court” if he is  imprisoned for a Federal crime and the predicate for that crime was a state conviction?

Edwards v Vannoy Does the unanimous jury requirement announced in Ramos v Louisiana apply to convictions that were final on direct appeal before that decision? Or: Should “watershed” rules of constitutional criminal procedure ever apply retroactively on Federal Habeas Corpus?

Shinn v Kayer, Mays v Hines & Dunn v Reeves Did the state court ruling  rejecting an incompetent counsel claim, result in a “decision that was contrary to, or involved an unreasonable application of, clearly established Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States”

8 USC Section 1326(d): Limitation on Collateral Attack on Deportation Order

United States v. Palomar-Santiago  Was defendant excused from two of the prerequisites for collateral attack on a removal order, where his conviction was not a proper basis for removal? 

Federal Criminal Offenses

Van Buren v United States Does it violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to obtain from a computer for an improper purpose, information lawfully available to defendant ?

Borden v U.S. Can an offense that requires only recklessness count as a “violent felony” in the “use of force” clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act ?

U.S. v Briggs In the Uniform Code of Military Justice statute of limitations, does “offense punishable by death” mean death that is constitutionally permissible or death that is authorized by statute?

Terry v U.S.  Under the First Step Act retroactivity provision, is a crack offender eligible for a sentence reduction for a crack offense conviction that did not trigger a mandatory minimum?

FRCP Rule 52: Harmless and Plain Error

Greer v. United States Was it plain error to not instruct Greer’s jury that knowledge of a felony conviction is a required element of possession of a firearm by a felon or to not advise Gary of that requirement before his guilty plea? 

Runtime: 2 hours
Recorded: December 15th, 2021


In this program, Professor Alan Saltzman dives deep into a wide range of cases involving Criminal Law issues decided by the U.S. Supreme Court between November 2nd, 2020 through June 21st, 2021.

This program was recorded by Professor Saltzman remotely on December 15th, 2021.

Provided By

Saltzman Seminars
Card image cap


Card image cap

Alan Saltzman

Retired Professor of Law

Alan Saltzman is a retired law professor. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1965, served as Law Clerk to California Supreme Court Justice Matthew Tobriner 1965-66, and was a Fellow in Criminal law and Policy at Stanford University Law School 1971-72. Professor Saltzman taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law from 1976 until retirement in 2008. Before that he taught at the University of Nebraska Law School and the University of Oklahoma Law School. Since retirement he has taught at the University of San Francisco Law School, Seattle University Law School, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco.

Card image cap

Similar Courses

Card image cap
61 minutes
Fraud: Exploring Best Practices, Techniques and Latest Technologies
Businesses everywhere are dealing with the repercussions of inflation, and of those is the increase in fraud risks to an organization. The risk of fraud is inevitable for companies of all shapes and sizes, but the pressures of current inflationary times mean the need for preventive oversight is at an all-time high. Fraud expert Natalie Lewis will provide insight into the internal and external threats of fraud as well as best practices to protect your organization.

Property Casualty 360


Add to Cart
Card image cap
56 minutes
Government Enforcement: White Collar and Corporate Crime
When the world went on lockdown and many workers went remote, concerns over unchecked white collar crime by employees intensified. SEC and DOJ enforcement continued and will pick up speed as courts reopen and investigations involve more in-person interactions. Join our expert panelists as they discuss changes in investigations in the last year, updates on DOJ and SEC enforcement, and mitigation techniques to protect your business from employee fraud, insider trading, bribery and other misconduct.

Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference


Add to Cart
Card image cap
63 minutes
Hate Speech
Everyone knows that the First Amendment safeguards freedom of speech from government intervention, but does that protection extend to speech that is hateful, offensive or incites violence? Peter Afrasiabi reviews the history of free speech protections in the United States — from famous cases involving flag burning, Nazi marches and anti-war protests — and carries it through to present day controversies including cyberstalkers who send messages threating violence and former President Donald Trump who made statements targeting protesters at a campaign rally.

New Media Legal


Add to Cart
Card image cap
61 minutes
Health Care Fraud: Pandemic Impacts and Financial Implications for the Industry
COVID-19 spurred unprecedented levels of government support. Through Provider Relief Funds, Medicare Advanced Payments, PPP loans and other mechanisms, federal agencies provided substantial liquidity, in some cases with strings attached. Join the panelists as they delve into the effects these funds might have had on fraud and abuse in the health care space.

American Bankruptcy Institute


Add to Cart
Previous Next