Supreme Court justices mention Prof. Teneille Brown’s amicus brief in Diaz v. United States case oral arguments

Mar 19, 2024 | Faculty

On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Delilah Guadalupe Diaz v. United States (No. 23-14), for which Professor Teneille BrownProfessor Teneille Brown, a white woman with long, light-brown hair co-wrote an amicus brief in February 2024.

The Supreme Court justices mentioned the amicus brief directly in arguments. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson asked the parties about examples in the brief and about the framework evidence analysis also provided.

In Diaz v. United States, Delilah Diaz was charged with importing meth to the U.S. despite claiming she was unaware of carrying drugs in the panels of the car she was driving. The amicus brief deals with an evidence rule (704(b)), and whether jurors—when deciding whether a defendant had a guilty mind—ought to be able to hear from experts about how groups of people tend to think and behave.