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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