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Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog: With about two weeks left to think about it, the government’s top advocate in the Supreme Court — Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. — has a choice of getting into the issue of states’ power to define marriage in a big way, or not so big. He could jump into the middle of it by joining the constitutional challenge to California’s “Proposition 8.” Or he could take a more modest approach, and support the idea that the constitutional fate of “Proposition 8″ is not properly before the Court. The second choice may have more political appeal, if that is a factor he will consider.
Reuters: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts publicly dressed down an Obama administration lawyer on Tuesday, demanding that he be upfront about policy changes from one president to another and not hide behind language suggesting something else.
SCOTUS Blog: After the oral arguments in the health care cases in March, much attention was focused on the oral advocacy by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. But who, exactly, is the Solicitor General and what does his office do?