Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Lands Two Important Victories This Week

This week the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic scored victories in two major cases. See below.

United States v. Tinklenberg, 09-1498

On Thursday, May 26, 2011, the Court ruled in favor of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic’s client in United States v. Tinklenberg, holding that the federal Speedy Trial Act allows only ten calendar days beyond its 70-day limit for purposes of transporting defendants to competency examinations. The opinion is here.

Brown v. Plata, 09-133

On Monday, May 23, 2011, the Court ruled in favor of clinic’s client, the California Correctional and Peace Officers Association, in Brown v. Plata, holding that the State must reduce its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates in order to provide constitutionally adequate health care services to prisoners.  The opinion is here. See coverage in the New York Times.