Supreme Court to decide on legislative prayers | Fox News Orlando (AP)

Prayer Case Examined | Rochester City News

In New Haven, Justice Sotomayor shares the story of her life

High Court ruling could affect prayer at local meetings | Daytona Beach News-Journal

Reader Rebuttal (Brett Harvey): Prayer at government meetings | OC Register

Supreme Court rejects Latham strip joint: Justices won’t hear challenge to tax on performances

Elena Kagan: Not all government is dysfunctional

St. Joseph Abbey monks can sell caskets after U.S. Supreme Court rejects state appeal

How Activist Is the Supreme Court?

Justice Kennedy On Law School, Blogging, And Popular Culture

Scalia and the devil

    UPI: “You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so … removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil.”

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Keep an Eye on Greece – Greece v. Galloway, That Is | Independent Women’s Forum

Praying in public

Fantasyland at the Supreme Court: It’s time to reassert the primacy of political speech in the First Amendment.

“Justice Kennedy Offers Views on Shutdown, Congress and Gay Marriage”

Erwin Chemerinsky: A legal argument that shouldn’t have a prayer

SCOTUS for law students (sponsored by Bloomberg Law): Buffer zones and free speech

Supreme Court’s Docket Full of Potential Mischief | The New American

    The New American: The case wound its way up to the Supreme Court, where Greece is being represented by David Cortman of the Christian advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom. Cortman responded that if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Galloway and Stephens, It would have to abandon prior precedent, it would have to abandon hundreds of years of practice going back to the founders of our country, and [it would] put in jeopardy the many practices and events that reflect our religious heritage throughout the country…. The folks who have volunteered to pray before the meetings are merely reflective of the demographics of the town. Just because a town may happen to be more Christian that a different religion doesn’t automatically create a constitutional issue…. [If the court decides in favor of Galloway and Stephens] the new test would be: “If I see or hear something that may offend me, and it happens to be religious, that creates some sort of constitutional violation.” We would have challenges to all of these [traditions]. That would create not only more disarray but not reflect the true meaning of the Constitution.

  • Posted: 10/09/2013
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SCOTUS to Review Regulation of Abortion-Inducing Drugs

Supreme Court to Hear Child Porn Restitution Case

“New Supreme Court session could include broad array of LGBT cases”

The Chief Justice looks for a compromise on contribution caps? This morning’s argument in Plain English

You Might Be “Offended” by Reading This | Nathan Cherry at Engage Family Minute

Endorsing the Endorsment Test | The Economist

U.S. Supreme Court appears wary of broad campaign finance ruling

U.S. Justice Kennedy visits Penn law school

Court returns to campaign finance reform: Today’s oral argument in Plain English

US Supreme Court to Hear Public Prayer, Abortion, ‘Obamacare’ Cases as New Term Begins | Christian Post

High court returns to work, will hear high-profile cases | One News Now

Supreme Court can rescue another freedom in a campaign cash case | George F. Will at Wash. Post

Supreme Court Declines to Decide When Online Speech Becomes an Illegal Threat

In new term, Supreme Court may steer to right on key social issues

Court Won’t Hear Va. Appeal Over Sodomy Law

11 Supreme Court Cases That Could Change The U.S. In The Coming Year

Supreme Court and Prayer at Government Meetings | PBS

Kagan: Confirmation Process ‘Sort Of Broken’

Kennedy: Too Many Disputes Left For Court, Should Not Be in Functioning Democracy

Small town, big impact: Supreme Court case could define religion’s role in public | Washington Times

Gallup: Americans Still Divided on Approval of U.S. Supreme Court

Symposium: Time to restore longstanding meaning – and sanity – to the Establishment Clause in Town of Greece v. Galloway | Ken Klukowski at SCOTUS Blog

SCOTUS open for business at least through Oct. 11

Scalia talks faith, urges Christians to remain courageous

Supreme Court To Hold Arguments Despite Shutdown

A reflective Justice Breyer: Longtime jurist explains inner workings of Supreme Court

    Harvard Gazette: There are roughly 8,000 cases pointed toward the court each year, said Breyer, who broke down some of the court’s internal workings. Four law clerks for each justice review the cases and write detailed memos about each petition. The justices then review those memos and choose which ones to hear in a process that requires four votes to grant a writ of certiorari, or judicial review. The final list typically includes about 80 cases.

  • Posted: 10/03/2013
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Court remains open to visitors

Supreme Court to Hear Case Pitting Mandatory Union Fees Against First Amendment

Town of Greece v. Galloway: What is the Supreme Court up to? | Jessie Hill of Case Western at SCOTUS Blog

The Supreme Court’s Key Role in Polarizing American Politics

Republicans Tap New Talent to Argue Key Campaign Case

High court will have to decide on pledge words

Symposium: Prayer and the machinery of the state | Daniel Mach of the ACLU at SCOTUS Blog

SCOTUS for law students: Prayer at government meetings

Real Judicial Restraint

Symposium: Desperate measures in Town of Greece | Eric Rassbach at SCOTUS Blog

Baptist Joint Committee opposes local government prayer

2013 Supreme Court Roundup | Michael McConnell at First Things

    Michael McConnell at First Things: The United States Supreme Court has two personalities. In the vast majority of cases on its docket, those involving criminal law, business regulation, statutory interpretation, freedom of speech, procedure, jurisdiction, and other technical but important legal questions, the Supreme Court acts like a court of law—a good one. The justices achieve a remarkable degree of consensus and craft opinions that are clear, persuasive, and well grounded in text, history, and precedent. This is true even in hard cases, where there are good arguments on both sides. No one will agree with every decision, but no fair-minded observer could doubt that decisions are based on conscientious legal reasoning.

  • Posted: 09/24/2013
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Town of Greece symposium: Can government actively favor a religious practice? | Carl Esbeck at SCOTUS Blog

Symposium: The puzzle of Town of Greece v. Galloway | Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman at Scotus Blog

Ninth Circuit Holds Annual Law Clerk Orientation

Supreme Court may strike new blow to campaign funding laws

In secret, Fisa court contradicted US supreme court on constitutional rights

About 2,000 petitions await Supreme Court’s return