|Date of Issuance||Title||Headnotes|
|12/16/2009||The Attorney General’s Authority in Certifying Whether a State Has Satisfied the Requirements for Appointment of Competent Counsel for Purposes of Capital Conviction Review Proceedings||
Statutory provisions originally enacted as section 107(a) of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, and now codified as chapter 154 of title 28, may be construed to permit the Attorney General to exercise his delegated authority to define the term “competent” within reasonable bounds and independent of the counsel competency standards a State itself establishes, and to apply that definition in determining whether to certify that a state is eligible for special procedures in federal habeas corpus proceedings involving review of state capital convictions.
|12/08/2009||Whether Subsection 104(b)(4) of the Clean Air Act Permits the Receipt of Monetary Donations||
Subsection 104(b)(4) of the Clean Air Act does not permit the EPA to accept and use donations of money.
Subsection 104(b)(4) of the Clean Air Act permits the EPA to accept items of personal property (other than money), such as an automobile, so long as the property in question would be received for use directly in the anti-pollution research authorized by section 104.
|12/07/2009||Applicability of the Emoluments Clause and the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act to the President’s Receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize||
The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution does not apply to the President’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act does not bar the President from accepting the Peace Prize without congressional consent.