The Fifteenth Annual Supreme Court Review Conference
October 16, 2010
Professor Art Wolf
Western New England College School of Law
Federalism: Guns and Civil Incarceration
McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020 (June 28, 20l0)(5-4)(the Second
Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense in the home, as defined in District of
Columbia v. Heller, infra, applies to state and local governments through the Due Process Clause
of the 14th Amendment).
United States v. Comstock, 130 S. Ct. 1949 (May 17, 2010)(7-2)(Congress may, with
the aid of the Necessary and Proper Clause, authorize the Government to commit civilly a
mentally ill, sexually dangerous federal prisoner, who has served his prison sentence).
Sponsored by the Law School's Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs