Chief justice uneasy about cameras in courtroom

High court strikes down Ariz. campaign finance law

High court to rule on Arizona campaign finance law

Washington Post: “Why this Supreme Court could be the best hope for gay-marriage advocates”

Court charts new course in preemption analysis

Study: The impact of gender on U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments

Opinion analysis: States’ rights ruling, a big deal or not?

    SCOTUSblog: The new ruling in Bond v. U.S. (docket 09-1227) stands, in a technical sense, for one simple proposition: a lawsuit claiming that Congress has stepped on the states’ sovereign authority does not need to be filed or joined by a state government. A number of courts had been assuming, and ruling, that state involvement in such a case was absolutely necessary, when the Tenth Amendment was being used to challenge a federal law passed by Congress.


  • Posted: 06/17/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Clarence Thomas on defendants: “But for the grace of God, there go I.”

Ken Klukowski: Supreme Court says officials’ speech is not protected by First Amendment

High Court Upholds Nevada Ethics Law

Supreme Court rejects sex bias claim on citizenship rule

Diversity Increases Among High Court Practitioners

    Law.com: Since the days of Daniel Webster and Francis Scott Key, U.S. Supreme Court advocacy has been dominated by white men. It took until 1993 for a ladies’ room to be installed near the lawyers’ lounge at the Court. But change has arrived in the upper echelons of Supreme Court practice.


  • Posted: 06/09/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.law.com

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U.S. high court allows in-state tuition for illegals to stand

The United States of Justice Kennedy

Ken Klukowski: Supreme Court releases thousands of imprisoned felons

LA Times: The Supreme Court justices should follow the highest ethical standards

Supreme Court’s Scary Power Grab

U.S. Supreme Court orders tens of thousands of felons released to prey on citizens

US Supreme Court turns down students who sought anonymity in suit against Hawaiian school

New documents suggest Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan involved with crafting legal defense of Obamacare

Justice Clarence Thomas’ appearance at Ga. courthouse dedication spurs debate in home state

Florida travel ban could be headed to U.S. Supreme Court

Alito says preparation, briefs play bigger role in Supreme Court decisions than oral arguments

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear case over anonymity in school suit

Court won’t hear challenge to ‘So help me God’

“Kagan defends former Bush official who is representing House in same-sex marriage case”

Justice Thomas’ Planned Speech in Georgia Draws Controversy

2012 battlefield: The Supreme Court

Justice Thomas: making waves in First Amendment jurisprudence

Gov. Jan Brewer wants Supreme Court to overturn SB 1070 ruling

Academics argue that there is room for improvement in the Court’s case selection process.

Supreme Court Denies Review In Case Involving San Francisco’s Resolution Criticizing Cardinal Levada

The Supreme Court’s Web Site and the “Living Constitution”

Supreme Court Notebook: Justices Staying Put

Chief Justice Roberts and the First Amendment

Supreme Court rejects fast track of Virginia’s Obamacare challenge, grants no new cases

Supreme Court hints at Obamacare impact in sovereign immunity cases

    Ken Klukowski at the Washington Examiner: Federal law allows state officials to sue each other in federal court, but it’s unconstitutional to sue a state for refusing to allow misbehaving inmates to attend religious services. Thus said the Supreme Court in two decisions this week, both by a 62 vote. (Justice Elena Kagan was recused from both cases.) And they could affect Obamacare.


  • Posted: 04/25/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar

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Kagan absences no big deal

Supreme Court punts on fast-track review of healthcare law

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Can you patent the building blocks of life?

US Supreme Court hands parents education victory

Supreme Court’s Breyer speaks on judges’ role

Citizen Link: “Dig Deeper: Why This Week’s Supreme Court Ruling Matters to Families”

Baptist Press: Supreme Court hands school choice big win

Huff Post: Supreme Court Pulls Another Brick From Church/State Wall

Christian Post: Supreme Court Rules to Protect Religious Scholarship Funds

Washington Examiner: High court school choice win linked to Obamacare

NY Sun: ‘A Huge Victory for Choice’

Leader-Telegram: Supreme Court backs religious school aid

Tucson Citizen: Tuition credits survive appeal

Livingston Daily: High court OKs tax breaks for private schools

Daily Caller: Supreme Court dismisses case challenging school choice groups

CNA: Supreme Court rules in favor of Ariz. religious schools

One News Now: ‘School choice’ wins a big one

SCOTUS BLOG: “Opinion recap: The near-end of ‘taxpayer standing’”

NYT: Supreme Court Allows Tax Credit for Religious Tuition

WSJ: “Supreme School Choice: A narrow decision averts a legal assault on private schools.”

U.S. Supreme Court upholds AZ school choice tax credit

ACLU: Supreme Court Rules Arizona Taxpayers Lack Standing To Challenge Tax Credit System Used To Fund Religious-Based Scholarships

David Cortman: School Choice Program Prevails. Kids & Parents Ultimately Win

Liberty Counsel: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Tuition Tax Credits for Arizona Religious Schools

Family Research Council Praises U.S. Supreme Court for Upholding Parents’ Rights, Religious Liberty in Education

Fox News: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona School Vouchers

Thoughts on the Future Viability of Public Financing Plans After McComish

    Rick Hasen at the Election Law Blog: Will an adverse ruling in McComish doom future viable public financing plans? I have now reviewed the transcript of yesterday’s oral argument. News reports from oral argument are unanimous in predicting that the Court will strike down the matching fund provision of Arizona’s public financing law, which provides extra funding (up to a point) for candidates who participate in the voluntary public financing system and face a high spending opponent or a high independent spending against the candidate. This is no surprise; indeed I predicted this in June, when the Court granted an extraordinary stay in the case.


  • Posted: 03/29/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: electionlawblog.org

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FFRF asks Supreme Court to overturn Pledge decision