A preview: What the Court will consider

March 1992
Human Rights;Spring92, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p9
Presents rulings made by the U.S. Supreme Court during its 1991-1992 term on several human rights cases. In the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Inc. versus Lee, at issue is whether religious groups soliciting money fall under First Amendment protection of solicitation as speech, and whether the public forum doctrine applies to seeking those donations and distributing religious literature inside airport terminals. In the Denton versus Hernandez case, at issue is whether a complaint brought by an indigent person is frivolous and therefore should be dismissed. The case involves Mike Hernandez, a prisoner serving a sentence of 15 years to life for second-degree murder. He claimed that he was raped 28 times by correctional officers and inmates during the two-year period following his imprisonment. However, he contends he was sleep during the assaults. His complaints were consolidated and referred to a magistrate who dismissed the complaints as frivolous. In Georgia versus McCollum, at issue is whether several recent Supreme Court decisions limiting racial discrimination in jury selection should be extended to bar the use by defense counsel in criminal trials of peremptory challenges to remove potential jurors from petit juries because of their race.


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