On Wednesday the Supreme Court released three opinions, two of which made news, one of which – Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission – I sketched. I would’ve sketched the opinion in Bank Markazi v Peterson, that upheld a law directing Iranian assets to go to victims of terrorism, except I really couldn’t see much of Justice Ginsburg’s tiny figure hunched behind the bench as she delivered the opinion.
Sketches of the argument in Birchfield v. North Dakota, actually three cases concerning state laws that make it a crime to refuse a warrantless blood-alcohol test when stopped for DUI, are below.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty in a Baltimore courtroom yesterday to driving under the influence. He was stopped for speeding in the Fort McHenry tunnel about 1:40 a.m. September 30 after leaving the Horseshoe Casino. District Judge Braverman gave Phelps a one year suspended sentence that now hangs over the 29 year-old swimmer should he slip up. Phelps had a previous DUI ten years ago in Wicomico county.
Phelps’ lawyer, Steven A. Allen, told the court that the swimmer attended a 45-day in-patient treatment in Phoenix and is continuing after-treatment at a facility in Towson. “Mr. Phelps has not been treated differently because of his celebrity status.” Mr. Allen said, “He has really stood up to what has occurred, accepted responsibility and, of course, there is a level of humiliation involved,”
Phelps was accompanied in court by numerous supporters including Ray Lewis and, of course, his mom.
Can police order someone pulled over for drunk driving to take a blood test, or must they first get a warrant? During yesterday’s Supreme Court arguments in Missouri v. McNeely most of the Justices seemed to think that usually a warrant should be required.
In the sketch above the ACLU’s Steven Shapiro argues for the repondent, Tyler McNeely. Below are more sketches from the arguments and a link to Lyle Denniston’s SCOTUSblog story.
My apologies to Mr. Shapiro; I just couldn’t get a good likeness. Sometimes it’s like that.
Lyle Denniston’s analysis here.