Welcome to the latest edition of Short Circuit, written by a group of people at the Institute for Justice. This week on the Bound By Oath podcast, we explore the origins of modern regulatory takings doctrine in a Pennsylvania coal mine, as well as the Grand Central Terminal in New York City. On the Short Circuit podcast, we discuss a pair of motions to suppress. Attorney General Merrick Garland has issued a memo in response to reported incidents of harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff, instructing staff to investigate and discuss strategies. A group of parents have sued, claiming that the government is trying to silence opposing views. The D.C. Circuit claims the memo isn’t about the parents. The Boston public schools’ new approach to admissions has been deemed constitutional by the First Circuit, despite a reduction in certain racial groups. Fallout from the Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force scandal continues, and the Fourth Circuit criticized the government’s conflicting positions. The Fifth Circuit ruled that a case involving a Louisiana prison was moot. Texas lawmakers’ tweak to voter registration laws was upheld by the Fifth Circuit, despite a non-profit’s challenge. In an interesting case involving Netflix’s film Cuties, the Fifth Circuit ruled that the prosecutor acted in bad faith. The case limits the power of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over private land in Louisiana, while the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of a Muslim inmate. A bizarre trial in the Seventh Circuit involving a Peoria man was determined to have an acceptable outcome, despite questionable court conduct. The Ninth Circuit ruled that the statute of limitations in a child pornography case had not expired, and the Tenth Circuit ruled in favor of suppressing evidence in a Florida timeshare dispute.

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