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N.J.'s Gun Law, Del.'s Court of Chancery and Conestoga Wood Oral Args

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By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD on March 28, 2014 3:57 PM

Things in the Third Circuit are heating up as cert petitions get filed, denied, and in one case, argued before the Supreme Court. Let's just say it's been a busy week. Today, we'll give you a breakdown of cases originating in the Third Circuit as they (try to) make their way to the Supremes.

Drake, et al. v, Jerejian, et al. -- Petitions Filed

Last year, the Third Circuit affirmed a district court's decision that held constitutional a New Jersey law that required a gun owner must show a "justifiable need" to receive a permit to carry a firearm. Earlier this year, gun owners (whose appeal is bankrolled by the NRA) filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court. Last week, the New Jersey Attorney General filed a brief asking the Court to deny the petition. We're waiting to see whether the Court will grant cert.

Strine v. Delaware Coalition For Open Government, Inc. -- Petition Denied

Last year, Delaware's Court of Chancery "secret arbitrations" came under fire by a public interest group claiming that the non-public arbitrations violated their First Amendment right of access. Both the district court, and Third Circuit agreed, though on different grounds. The Delaware Court of Chancery filed a petition for writ of certiorari, and on Monday, the Supreme Court denied the petition.

Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius -- Argued

On Wednesday, the Court heard oral arguments in one of the most watched group of cases this term -- Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The case has captured national attention as the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate comes under fire. The Court will have to determine whether secular, for-profit corporations can exercise religion. As with most controversial issues, it will probably come down to a swing vote -- in this case Justice Kennedy's -- we'll be waiting anxiously for a decision.

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