“The untold risks of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions” | Tom Goldstein at SCOTUS Blog

The Low-Tech U.S. Supreme Court

Will court change church-state equation?

Supreme Court Asked to Clarify Double Standard for Free Speech at Abortion Clinics

Justice Antonin Scalia says constitution not meant to answer moral questions

Scalia Chides ‘Activist’ Colleagues on Eve of Constitution Day

Reagan’s Court v. the Libertarians’

    The American Prospect: But it is Ronald Reagan’s ghost that haunts the chief justice’s chambers, much as Franklin Roosevelt’s haunted the chambers of Justices Hugo Black and Felix Frankfurter for decades after his death. Roosevelt and Reagan are the only two 20th-century presidents who consciously pursued a judicial revolution at the Court. Roosevelt’s legal philosophy was based on government as the agent of freedom, equality, and opportunity; Reagan famously declared that “government is the problem,” but he tempered his motto with a willingness to govern, to compromise with political adversaries, and to tax and spend when necessary.


  • Posted: 09/16/2013
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Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice: Once more unto the breach

Chief Justice Roberts holds key in campaign-finance case

On The Right Not To Be Offended | Joe Infranco at Alliance Defending Freedom

Freedom ‘Of’ Not Freedom ‘From’ | Bradley Abramson at Townhall

Senator Lee Criticizes Chief Justice in New E-Book

The Supreme Court ‘Beauty Contest’: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

    Above the Law: Over the last two decades, a dedicated Supreme Court bar has gained prominence, focusing on arguing the increasingly few cases before the justices each term. These lawyers face fierce competition in persuading clients to hire them, participating in a not-so-glamorous competition known in the industry as a “beauty contest.”


  • Posted: 09/10/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: abovethelaw.com

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RU-486 at the Supreme Court

America’s Declining Commitment to Self-Government | Carson Holloway at Public Discourse

Scalia: Traditional Christian virtues essential to capitalism

Biden: “I Think Janet Napolitano Should be on the Supreme Court of the United States”

“Surprising Friend of Gay Rights in a High Place”

“Justice Ginsburg To Officiate At Same-sex Wedding”

Florida school board, asked to halt prayers, awaits Supreme Court decision

“Ginsburg Embraces Gay-Marriage Rulings as Court Shuns Bold Moves”

Major tests on religion shaping up | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

Law Professor: ‘The Supreme Court Will Grant Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 States’

How should the town’s lawyer answer “the Lemon/endorsement question” in Town of Greece v. Galloway?

Justice Kagan talks about high court on personal level to R.I. audience

Gibson Dunn Hires Philip Alito, Son of Supreme Court Justice

Scalia: Court Shouldn’t ‘invent New Minorities’

The Influence of Amicus Curiae Briefs on U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Content

Ethics Law Necessary to Keep High Court Justices in Line

To Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes, Veronica is a battle cry for cultures

Supreme Court asked to revive Virginia’s anti-sodomy law

Clay School Board keeps opening invocation | Florida Times Union

Government appeals ruling striking SCOTUS protest ban

The Supreme Court’s First Amendment Cowardice: Ducked Gruesome Abortion Photos | Emily Bazelon at Slate

    Emily Bazelon at Slate: Let’s set aside the hypocrisy of complaining that children shouldn’t see gruesome images that the anti-abortion protesters themselves are displaying. That’s irritating, but it’s not the big problem here. What’s truly of concern is that an argument about shielding children is being wielded to stop a constitutionally protected adult activity. Even odder and more worrisome: A few courts, most recently in Colorado, have actually bought the notion that it’s the government’s job to protect children from graphic images of abortion—and barred anti-abortion protests as a result.


  • Posted: 08/15/2013
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Justice Kennedy: Legal community isn’t doing enough to attract country’s finest into its ranks

Strip club owner to take tax fight to Supreme Court

Obama administration, in court brief, supports prayer at public meetings | Baptist Press at Townhall

Symposium: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Virginia sodomy case calls scope of Lawrence v. Texas into question

Congress, States, And Even Obama’s Doj Rally To Prayer-givers’ Defense | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

Evansville Crosses, Freedom to pray and the Supreme Court | David Cortman and Chris Wischer on The World and Everything In It

Too Much Work? FISA Court Appointment

    Linda Greenhouse at NY Times: Americans have undoubtedly learned more in the past couple of months about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its extensive powers than in the previous 35 years of the court’s existence. But it shouldn’t have taken the renegade intelligence analyst Edward J. Snowden to let us in on a fact that, while hardly secret, had been little noticed: in establishing the court, Congress gave the authority to name its judges to one individual, the chief justice of the United States.


  • Posted: 08/08/2013
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

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“U.S. backs government prayer” | Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog

Court of Appeals Orders a Stay on ObamaCare Appeal for Liberty University | Liberty Counsel

Inhofe backs prayer measure

ERLC defends sectarian public prayers

AL: Attorney General Luther Strange files brief in support of legislative prayers in New York case

Congressional Prayer Under Threat? | Roll Call

Texas Attorney General Abbott leads multi-state effort to protect the right of governmental bodies to begin meetings with prayer

US Supreme Court receives response to Va. AG’s petition to stay anti-sodomy law ruling

Chaplain Alliance files brief with U.S. Supreme Court in support of chaplains’ right to pray

23 US States Urge Supreme Court to Allow Prayer in Government Meetings | Christian Post

Members of Congress add voices to Greece prayer case | Democrat and Chronicle

High Court to Hear Landmark Case on Religious Expression | Mo. Family Policy Council

FRC, 85 Members of Congress File Brief in Biggest Religious Liberty Supreme Court Case In Last Half Century | PR Newswire

Indiana Joins 22 Other States In Legislative Prayer Case

Even If Your Prayers Aren’t Brief, This Brief Could Help Your Prayers | FRC Washington Update at Patriot Post

Indiana joins fight in support of legislative prayers

Hiring Supreme Court Clerks: The $500,000 Gamble

Liberty Counsel Defends Religious Liberty in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

Obama’s Creeping Authoritarianism | Daniel Henninger at WSJ

Are Christian invocations constitutional in the US? | Jerusalem Post

New Supreme Court Doctrine? Gov’t officials free to ignore laws they don’t like

Objecting to the Declaration of Independence | Bradley Smith at NRO

Alito Shrugged: Libertarianism has won over the Supreme Court conservatives