certiorari

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When a party loses in a court of law, it is often allowed to appeal the decision to a higher court. In some instances, parties are entitled to an appeal, as a matter of right. However, sometimes a party is not able to appeal as a matter of...

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In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It states: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without...

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Because the underlying cases are unpublished, the following facts are taken from the parties’ briefs. On November 12, 1991, Carlos Jimenez pleaded guilty in a Texas trial court to felony burglary and “true” to an enhanced sentence due to a prior felony...

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A type of writ, meant for rare use, by which an appellate court decides to review a case at its discretion. The word certiorari comes from Law Latin and means "to be more fully informed." A writ of certiorari...