11th Circuit upholds Spalding Co., Ga. restrictions on nudity and alcohol licensing

Miss. abortion case heard by GOP-appointed judge

Ronald Dworkin: Why Did Roberts Change His Mind?

    Ronald Dworking at NY Review of Books: Recent polls have shown that the American public has become increasingly convinced, by the drum-roll of 5-4 decisions reflecting a consistent ideological split, that the Supreme Court is not really a court of law but just another political institution to be accorded no more respect than other such institutions. Roberts, as Chief Justice, must feel threatened by this phenomenon; the Chief Justice is meant to be a judicial statesman as well as a judge, and it is part of his responsibility to maintain public respect for the Court for being above politics. Perhaps he thought it wise, all things considered, to take the occasion of an extraordinarily publicized case to strike a posture of judicial reticence by deciding contrary to his own evident political convictions.

  • Posted: 07/09/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nybooks.com

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Formal complaint seeks disbarment of Eric Holder in DC

U.S. News Ranks Law School Debt, Everyone Cries

Alliance Defending Freedom: Alan Sears’s ADF Is The Antidote To The ACLU

Online symposium: The Bar Review version of NFIB v. Sebelius

The “narrative” of judicial intrigue

    Lyle Denniston at the SCOTUS Blog: Ordinarily, this blog does not deal in ”scoop” journalism, although we have been known to be first on some things. We focus more on what the Court does than on whether the Justices have good manners or like each other, or on what they do in their free time. Now and then, though, someone else’s “scoop” comes along, and seems to come from inside the Court — giving it apparent credibility — and appears to have the potential to affect the way the Justices actually work together. This post is about such a story.

  • Posted: 07/03/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Journalists Offer Behind-The-Scenes Look at Supreme Court Decisions

AG says GOP using him as ‘proxy’ to attack Obama

Texas AG: Presidents ‘Must Be More Committed’ to Constitution in Their Supreme Court Picks

    CNSNews: “My perception is when you have a Democrat president there are litmus tests in their mind that they will know for an absolute ironclad fact that that person is going to vote the way they want them to vote,” Abbott said. “You know that Barack Obama knows exactly how Justice Kagan is going to vote and he wouldn’t have put her up there if she wasn’t going to vote that way,” he said. “If you go back to some presidents of the past, you see, it seems like a similar commitment was not there.”

  • Posted: 07/03/2012
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: cnsnews.com

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Attorney recognized for work at Super Bowl

Casey at Twenty: Lessons from a Judicial Disaster

DOJ won’t prosecute Holder

Rasmussen: Approval Ratings for Supreme Court Slip Following Health Care Ruling

SCOTUS: Final October Term 2011 Stat Pack and Summary Memo

Rally for Religious Liberty Will Be Held Saturday at the Hawaii Capitol

White House: Sorry, Roberts, Obamacare mandate is a penalty – you don’t choose whether to pay taxes

Legal Periodical: Retirement and Death in Office of U.S. Supreme Court Justices

Roberts jokes about trip to ‘impregnable’ fortress

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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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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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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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.thenation.com

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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