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    Default What's the name of the SCOTUS case...

    I am having a major brain fart and can't remember the name of the case that decided it is not the police's job to protect individual citizens, but rather society as whole.
    Its out of D.C., involved the lady's house being burglarized, the was then held for days, raped, etc.... the police came but never made entry to see what was wrong and she sued - and lost.

    Any help? I'm sure someone out there knows it off the top of their head...
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    Default Re: What's the name of the SCOTUS case...

    I think you're talking about Warren vs. District of Columbia
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    Default Re: What's the name of the SCOTUS case...

    That's the one!
    Thank you!
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    Default Re: What's the name of the SCOTUS case...

    Quote Originally Posted by ii.sirk View Post
    I think you're talking about Warren vs. District of Columbia
    This is a nitpick, but technically the case is "Warren v. District of Columbia". Lower court cases are denoted with a vs., but SCotUS cases are denoted with a v.
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    Default Re: What's the name of the SCOTUS case...

    Thanks ChamberedRound. I didn't know that.
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    Default Re: What's the name of the SCOTUS case...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChamberedRound View Post
    This is a nitpick, but technically the case is "Warren v. District of Columbia". Lower court cases are denoted with a vs., but SCotUS cases are denoted with a v.
    Wow...that's interesting. I just thought somewhere along the line someone just decided to use a v instead of vs because it was shorter.

    It seems I do recall seeing in earlier years, just for example, Roe vs. Wade and now in later years Roe v. Wade.

    Is this a recent change or what's up with that...anyone know?

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    Default Re: What's the name of the SCOTUS case...

    Quote Originally Posted by HiredGoon View Post
    Wow...that's interesting. I just thought somewhere along the line someone just decided to use a v instead of vs because it was shorter.

    It seems I do recall seeing in earlier years, just for example, Roe vs. Wade and now in later years Roe v. Wade.

    Is this a recent change or what's up with that...anyone know?
    This was one of those "semi-useless knowledge factoid" things that I remember being taught in school, and it was a comment that interested me so my brain filed it away. I'm not sure if there's a reasoning behind it, but to my knowledge it's a convention that's been around for a long time. However, my recollection may not be completely correct, I'd be curious to see if any of our lawyers on-board can tell me if IIRC or not; I've been looking for information online to either prove/disprove my statement, and haven't found anything yet.
    Last edited by ChamberedRound; June 2nd, 2008 at 12:37 PM.
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