John Yoo: Twenty Years of Justice Thomas

Tax law could hinder quick Supreme Court decision on healthcare mandate

Supreme Court Asked to Allow Nonprofit to Sue IRS for Free Speech Violation

Supreme Court Notebook: Health care law in March?

Terry Jeffrey: Court Ruling Proves: Kagan Must Recuse from Obamacare litigation

Obama Lawyers Urge Court to Limit Scope of Health-Care Case

SCOTUS Considers Free Speech: FCC Indecency, Stolen Valor Act

Off-campus online student speech case appealed to high court

Supreme Court mulling if highway crosses case will be argued

Justice Scalia Tells Senate ‘Every Banana Republic Has a Bill of Rights’

Supreme Court to hear Stolen Valor case – unauthorized wearing of military medals/ribbons

Brian Faller: Risk from originalist judges outweights risk from “pragamatist” judges who embrace living Constitution

Clarence Thomas’ Influence On The Supreme Court : NPR

SCOTUS Blog: The timing issue on health care

“Gingrich: Congress, president can ignore courts” | includes video

Antonin Scalia Unplugged: Wants to Kill ‘Living’ Constitution

    ABC News:“I’m hoping that the ‘ living’ Constitution will die,” Scalia said, adding that the controversial nature of recent confirmation proceedings is partly attributable to a notion that the Constitution evolves. “It’s like having a mini-constitutional convention every time you select a new judge.”


  • Posted: 10/07/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abcnews.go.com

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The pro-abortion legacy of Justice O’Connor: 30 years after joining the court, the damage continues

In Hill testimony, justices lift high court’s veil: Breyer and Scalia

Teresa Collett: Human Dignity and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

Scalia: Judges ‘ain’t what they used to be’

Benchmark for Antonin Scalia: 25 years on court

Gallup: Supreme Court Approval Rating Dips to 46%

Erwin Chemerinsky: Momentous Term for the ‘Kennedy Court’?

    Erwin Chemerinsky at the ABA Journal: Once more, as it has been for each of the last six years, it will be, from a practical perspective, the Anthony Kennedy Court. In ideologically divided cases, there are two blocs as distinct as any that have served on the court: Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. on the right; and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan on the left.


  • Posted: 10/03/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.abajournal.com

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Court turns away appeal from Ten Commandments judge

Justices attend toned-down Red Mass; Ginsburg doesn’t attend – tired of “outrageously anti-abortion” sermons

    CNN.com: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended Red Masses in the past, but has said she grew tired of being lectured by Catholic officials. Ginsburg, like Breyer and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, is Jewish. “I went one year, and I will never go again, because this sermon was outrageously anti-abortion,” Ginsburg said in the book “Stars of David: Prominent Jews talk About Being Jewish” by author Abigail Pogrebin. “Even the Scalias – although they’re much of that persuasion – were embarrassed for me.”


  • Posted: 10/03/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.cnn.com

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Supreme Court to hear case on Medicaid rates

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major legal issues

Dems want probe of Justice Thomas as health law ruling looms

    The Hill: The lawmakers on Thursday asked the U.S. Judicial Conference to formally request that the Department of Justice look into Thomas’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars his wife has received from groups that want the healthcare law repealed. Their letter comes after 75 House Democrats in February asked Thomas to recuse himself from the case following reports that he’d failed to report his wife Virginia’s income since he joined the bench in 1991.


  • Posted: 09/30/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Supreme Court to weigh churches’ hiring rights

Texas Abortion-Ultrasound Law Blocked While Lawsuit Continues

The Supreme Court and the politics of health care

Scalia and Bryer to attend Senate Judiciary Hearing “Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States”

Supreme Court Review Sought In Two Cases

Justice Scalia Takes Sides in Same-Sex Dorm Dispute

Scalia states his case for morals

Chief Justice Roberts: Supreme Court Advocate to Legal Legend?

    Findlaw: “He’s going to go down as an absolutely historic figure,” Tim Goldstein, leading Supreme Court advocate and SCOTUSblog proprietor, told CNN earlier this year. Goldstein characterized Roberts as the “best Supreme Court advocate of his generation” based on Roberts’ 39 appearances before the Court in his days in the Solicitor General’s office and private practice.


  • Posted: 09/26/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: blogs.findlaw.com

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The Hugh Hewitt Interview Transcript with Justice Breyer

Hugh Hewitt: A High Court too far above the fray?

    Hugh Hewitt at San Francisco Examiner: There is no war in the offing, thank God, but the Court and its brethren on the federal and state benches may be too insulated from the turmoil of the present day to grasp just how deeply antagonized millions of ordinary citizens are from their government. It is reassuring that the justices can carry on calmly amid many storms, but we have to hope that a majority of them at least understand that they are responsible for making much of the weather the rest of us experience.


  • Posted: 09/21/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.sfexaminer.com

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Ginsburg rebuts Scalia on sex bias

Justice Clarence Thomas Criticizes Left-Leaning Law Schools

Justice Thomas: Court needs geographic diversity

Leftists seek investigation of Justice Clarence Thomas

ACLJ Defends Ban on Television Indecency in Supreme Court Filing

Legal Periodical: The Unconstitutionality of Supreme Court Recusal Standards

The Cato Institute to Host Symposium on Supreme Court’s October 2010 and 2011 Terms

Ed Whelan: Defend Our Laws: Justice Matters

    Ed Whalen at EPPC: In developing their positions on Supreme Court appointments and the Department of Justice, presidential candidates should 1) welcome the battle over the Supreme Court, 2) determine to fight hard for high-quality justices, 3) frame the argument for why abortion policy should be restored to the democratic processes, 4) support the Defense of Marriage Act, and 5) commit to select senior legal leaders who fully embrace their goals and priorities.


  • Posted: 09/08/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.eppc.org

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How Rich Are The Supreme Court Justices?

Supreme Court Justices Disagree With Civility

    ABC News: Congress and the White House returned to Washington from an August recess to argue about, of all things, a scheduling confict for an upcoming speech. A far cry from the third branch of government; members of the Supreme Court took to the speech circuit to praise their branch of government as a bastion of civility.


  • Posted: 09/02/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abcnews.go.com

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A Broad View of the Upcoming Supreme Court Term With A Law and Religion Perspective

Legal Periodical: Navigating the Path of the Supreme Appointment

Admitting Clarence Thomas’ genius

    NYPOST.com: The nightmare appears in last week’s issue, in Jeffrey Toobin’s lengthy article on Supreme Court jurisprudence, titled “Partners” and subtitled “Will Clarence and Virginia Thomas succeed in killing Obama’s health-care plan?” It’s possible to read the article as a partisan hit, but the bulk of it is worthy of attention because Toobin, despite his obvious distaste for Justice Thomas’ views, takes him seriously as a judicial thinker and pathfinder.


  • Posted: 09/01/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.nypost.com

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Abortion and the not-so-hidden population control agenda

Justice Ginsburg Says ACLU Connections Would Likely Prevent Her Confirmation Today

New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom

The Court’s increasing reliance on amicus curiae in the past term

Conversation with Associate Justice Elena Kagan (video)

Charles Fried: The courts, the political process, and DOMA

Steven Aden: How Does a Culture of Life Take Root?

Kenji Yoshino: “Why the Court can strike down marriage restrictions under rational-basis review”

The New Yorker: “The Thomases vs. Obama’s Health-Care Plan”

    Jeffrey Toobin at The New Yorker: These tempests obscure a larger truth about Thomas: that this year has also been, for him, a moment of triumph. In several of the most important areas of constitutional law, Thomas has emerged as an intellectual leader of the Supreme Court. Since the arrival of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in 2005, and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., in 2006, the Court has moved to the right when it comes to the free-speech rights of corporations, the rights of gun owners, and, potentially, the powers of the federal government; in each of these areas, the majority has followed where Thomas has been leading for a decade or more. Rarely has a Supreme Court Justice enjoyed such broad or significant vindication.


  • Posted: 08/22/2011
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.newyorker.com

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Erwin Chemerinsky: The time for marriage equality has finally arrived

David B. Cruz: “States’ rites? Federalism and marriage litigation”

Andrew Koppelman: “Why the Supreme Court will strike down DOMA”

Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices

Obamacare lawsuits hit faster track to Supreme Court

William Eskridge: “Marriage equality state by state”

    William Eskridge at SCOTUSblog: How ought the U.S. Supreme Court handle the appeal in Perry v. Schwarzenegger once the case is ripe for appeal? The Court ought to avoid any broad pronouncements on the merits of plaintiffs’ claim that denying marriage equality to lesbian and gay couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment. If the Court reaches the merits, the Justices ought to affirm the district court decision based upon Romer v. Evans (1996).


  • Posted: 08/16/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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Two groups battle over Commandments case

Cases lining up to ask Supreme Court to clarify Second Amendment rights