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At issue in V.L. v. E.L. was whether the Full Faith and Credit Clause permits a court to deny recognition of an adoption judgment previously issued by a court in a sister state, based on the reviewing court’s determination that the issuing court erred in applying its own state’s adoption law.

On January 26, 2009 the Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of the prosecutors in Van de Kamp v. Goldstein, a case that addressed whether prosecutors have absolute immunity from liability for failing to provide criminal defendants with constitutionally-required exculpatory information. CAC filed an amicus brief in this case in support of the respondent, Thomas Lee Goldstein, who spent 24 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murder based on the false testimony of a self-interested jailhouse informant.

In Veasey v. Abbott, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit considered whether the most restrictive voter ID law in the nation, Texas’s SB 14, violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

On September 8, 2011, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Virginia and Liberty University's challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

In Vo v. Gee, et al., the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana considered whether a state law that requires marriage license applicants to present a birth certificate, but only allows individuals born in the United States to receive a waiver of that requirement, violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of the fundamental right to marry.