Washington v. Harper (1990)

Washington v. Harper (1990) United States Supreme Court 494 U.S. 210 Nature of Case Whether it is constitutionally required to provide a judicial hearing prior to the involuntary administration of medication to an inmate. Facts of Case Walter Harper was convicted of robbery in 1976. He was imprisoned in the Washington state prison system from […]

Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (1993)

United States Supreme Court 509 U.S. 579 (1993) Nature of Case Federal standard for admitting expert testimony.   Facts of Case Two minors and their guardians brought suit against Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals in a California state court alleging that their antinausea medication, Bendectin, caused serious birth defects when ingested by pregnant women. The suit was […]