November 12, 2013
On November 5, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sprint Communications Company v. Jacobs. The question in this case is whether the doctrine of Younger abstention--which requires that federal courts generally refrain from halting and supplanting state judicial proceedings--applies not only to state proceedings that are “coercive,” such as a state’s enforcement of its criminal laws, but also to state proceedings that are “remedial,” such as a state utility board’s order that Sprint pay certain intrastate access charges.
To discuss the case, we have Paul Salamanca, who is the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. It should be noted that Professor Salamanca, along with a group of other Law Professors who teach and write on issues concerning federal courts, submitted an amicus brief in support of the petitioner.