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Weekly Fourth Circuit Summaries

Week 40 (2020)

A majority of the Fourth Circuit’s non-disqualified judges in active service voted for rehearing en banc after Judge Childs (D.S.C.) enjoined South Carolina’s witness requirement for absentee voting in the November 2020 election.

Week 39 (2020)

In Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, the Fourth Circuit denied the petition to rehear a case en banc where it previously held that the Gloucester County School Board violated the Equal Protection Clause when it prohibited a transgender student from using the men’s restroom.

Week 38 (2020)

In Barrett v. PAE Government Services, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor the defendants—two Arlington County, Virginia police officers and one of the County’s mental health examiners—after the defendants were sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Week 37 (2020)

In United States v. McCain, the Fourth Circuit held that sentencing a seventeen-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole did not violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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