Today’s SCOTUS Order List: Review denied “wardrobe malfunction” and five Obamacare cases

House could arrest Holder with inherent contempt power

Did Roberts Give In To Obama’s Bullying?

U.S. House votes to hold AG Holder in contempt

Black Lawmakers Plot ‘Walkout Strategy’ During Holder Contempt Vote

Fierce battle for marriage rages in Illinois

SCOTUS strikes down Stolen Valor Act regulating unauthorized military medals

    U.S. v. Alvarez, No.  11-210

    The Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to falsely claim receipt of military decorations or medals and provides an enhanced penalty if the Congressional Medal of Honor is involved.  18 U. S. C. §§704 (b), (c).Respondent pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely claiming that he had received the Medal of Honor, but  reserved his right to appeal his claim that the Act is unconstitutional.  The Ninth Circuit reversed, finding the Act invalid under the First Amendment. Held: The judgment is affirmed.  Pp. 3−18. 617 F. 3d 1198, affirmed. JUSTICE KENNEDY, joined by THE CHIEF JUSTICE, JUSTICE GINSBURG, and JUSTICE  SOTOMAYOR,  concluded that the Act infringes upon speech protected by the First Amendment

  • Posted: 06/28/2012
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Florida Judge Lets Voter Purge Continue

Democrats Feel Pressure From Gun Lobby on Contempt Vote

Senate GOP cautious on contempt vote

Governor Deal Appoints Keith Blackwell to Georgia Supreme Court

GOP Senators fire back at the ABA’s partisan advocacy for Obama nominees

    Ed Whelan reports at Bench Memos: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and ranking Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuch Grassley have sent a strong letter . . The ABA presents itself to the public as a non-partisan, professional organization. However, it has chosen to advocate for this Administration’s circuit court nominees in the few remaining months before this presidential election, when it chose not to do so before either of the last two presidential elections despite much more compelling circumstances. This sort of selective advocacy is precisely why so many people question the ABA’s professed neutrality.

  • Posted: 06/26/2012
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HHS rushes to spend billions ahead of Obamacare ruling

GOP Senator Blocking D.C. Superior Court Judicial Nominee

Speculation grows that Roberts will write majority opinion in health-care case

Some Democrats may follow NRA and support contempt

Issa challenges Obama executive privilege claim

Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi law firm opposes MN marriage amendment

Pruning the Judicial Branch: State Laws Target ‘Activist Judges’

Thirty-one GOP senators call for special counsel to investigate security leaks

ABA: Only 55 percent of law grads found full-time law jobs

Law Grads Face Brutal Job Market

“It’s a Buyer’s Market at Law School”

Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Arizona police

MN lawyers organize to support the marriage amendment

NY State Bar Association Urges Legislature to Support Establishment of Youth Courts

ABA Picks Sides on Judicial Nominations

Chief Justice Offers Hint at New Timing for Health Care Ruling

Fed Circuit Judges Attend Historic Intellectual Conference in China

Jordan Lorence: “Supreme Court Bingo: Which Justices Are Writing the Remaining Decisions?”

ABA Urges Senate to Vote on Appellate Judicial Nominees

“The Undemocratic Scramble Toward Same-Sex Marriage”

Boehner Accuses White House Of Cover-up

Paul Benjamin Linton: The Newest Front in the Battle over Marriage – Illinois

Jordan Lorence: “Supreme Court Bingo: Which Supreme Court Justices Are Writing the Remaining Opinions?”

Preparing for Supreme Court opinion-release-aggeddon.

Judge reject’s Cooley’s ABA/NALP defense in fraud case

California: Gary Kreep clinches win for judge

Legal periodical: “How Much Should Judges Be Paid? An Empirical Study On The Effect Of Judicial Pay On The State Bench”

New Book: Failing Law Schools

Issa ‘disappointed,’ says Holder contempt vote will move forward

California State Bar argues for law licenses for illegals

WA state budget cuts divide 9th Circuit

Why Are Americans Losing Trust in the Supreme Court?

    The Nation: A plausible answer is: partisanship. Polls show a widespread disgust with partisanship in Washington; Congress’s approval rating was at an all time low in May. Although the justices often are divided into left-right ideological blocs, those blocs have recently become identified in the public mind with the Democratic and Republican parties. That, combined with a set of cases that bring partisan issues to the fore, may be leading the public to see the Court as part of the same Washington politics it deplores.

  • Posted: 06/19/2012
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ABA releases very detailed and dismal law school employment information

Five Graduate Degrees That Don’t Pay Off

Robert Bacharach’s Tenth Circuit Nomination Held Up in Senate

Chief Justice Names 10 to California Judicial Council

ACS Panel on Nominations, Recess Appointments and the Filibuster

In second book, Scalia, Garner warn judicial decisions leading to ‘descent into social rancor’

Supreme Court’s Super Mondays Don’t Serve Justice

Holder Refuses to Provide Testimony on Kagan’s Involvement in Obamacare

“Illinois State’s Attorney’s Gay Marriage Support Part of an ‘Inside Job’”

IL: “Gay marriage ban unconstitutional, Cook County State’s Attorney motion says”

Grassley Chides Kyl in Dispute Over Pro-Abortion Judge; Rare Intraparty Rebuke

U.S. Supreme Court: Never mind the 9. Meet the 36.

Ballot measure would change how AZ judges are appointed

    VerdeNews: Arizona voters are being asked to give Gov. Jan Brewer and her successors more power to choose who they want to serve as judges. Proposition 115 would sharply alter the process voters approved in 1974, which has special screening panels review would-be judges for the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the superior courts of Pima and Maricopa County.

  • Posted: 06/13/2012
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Illinois Rep. Reis Objects to AG’s Support of Lawsuit to Redefine Marriage

Catholic law schools and the student debt crisis

Lawyer Survey Reveals Many Lawyers Plan to Hire in Third Quarter

Sen. Grassley demands re-vote on 9th Circuit judge nomination

1/3 of all cases before SCOTUS are from the 9th Circuit

Senate confirms another pro-abortion judge to the 9th Circuit

Big Law lobbies for openly “gay judge” in Richmond

Florida, Rick Scott Sue Feds Over Voter Purge

GOP Senators lash lower court’s “animus” based DOMA ruling in 9th Circuit filing

Dems block McCain resolution on special counsel for leaks

Richard A. Epstein: “Intellectual Laziness on the Supreme Court: It’s time to scrap the irrational rational basis test”

PA: Special interests trumped voters on choosing judges

Eric Holder warns of ‘constitutional crisis’