In Maryland v. King, the Court has upheld a Maryland law authorizing the collection of DNA samples from suspects arrested for serious crimes. In Hillman v. Maretta, the Court held that the federal law allowing federal employees to designate a beneficiary to receive the proceeds of a life insurance policy preempts a Virginia law that allows the family of the deceased employee to sue the designated beneficiary for the proceeds if the beneficiary is the employee’s former spouse.
The SCOTUSblog Tuesday Roundup page has a brief recap and links to analysis of the opinions on both cases.
For the ABA Journal’s report on Maryland v. King see Monday’s post on the Law News Now blog.
Transcripts and audio of the oral arguments are available from the website of the U.S. Supreme Court (see direct links, below):
Maryland v. King (Docket No. 12-207): 12-207-lp23.pdf
Hillman v. Maretta (Docket No. 11-122): 11-1221-4g59.pdf
Maryland v. King (Docket No. 12-207): links to downloadable audio files
Hillman v. Maretta (Docket No. 11-122): links to downloadable audio files