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Event announcement: Cato panel on <em>Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky</em>On February 22 at 12 p.m., the Cato Institute will host a panel discussion on Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a First Amendment case that will be argued before the Supreme Court on February 28. Panelists include Wen Fa, Ginger Anders and Trevor Burrus; Ilya Shapiro will moderate. Registration and additional information about this event, […]

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OT2017 #14: “Justice for Stormy”

February 19th, 2018 07:54 AM

OT2017 #14: “Justice for Stormy”The Supreme Court’s long break is over and we’re here to preview some of the most interesting cases from the February sitting. We take a deep dive into Janus v. AFSCME, Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Currier v. Virginia and Ohio v. American Express, making our trademark predictions as to each case. We also speculate about who Justice Ruth […]

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This week at the court

February 18th, 2018 12:00 PM

This week at the courtWe expect orders from the February 16 conference on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The court will hear oral argument on Tuesday in Currier v. Virginia and City of Hays v. Vogt and on Wednesday in Rosales-Mireles v. United States and Dahda v. United States. […]

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Petition of the day

February 16th, 2018 05:30 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co. 17-1060 Disclosure: Vinson & Elkins LLP, whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the respondents in this case. Issues: (1) Whether, under the first-to-file bar of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b)(5), later actions may […]

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Justice Thomas pleads for less “myth-making” of the court and justicesIn an op-ed Thursday in the Los Angeles Times, law professor Rick Hasen suggested that “there is something disconcerting about Supreme Court justices becoming political rock stars.” He cautioned against turning the justices into gods and devils. Hasen isn’t the only commentator addressing the hagiography of the justices. Speaking on Monday at the University of […]

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Event announcement: The Supreme Court and wisdom of the crowdsOn February 21 at 12:45 p.m. PST, Stanford University’s CodeX will host a presentation by Daniel Martin Katz entitled, “How Crowdsourcing Accurately and Robustly Predicts Supreme Court Decisions.” More information about this event, which will include remote access, is available at this link. Relatedly, this blog is collaborating with Good Judgment to offer the SCOTUS […]

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Friday round-up

February 16th, 2018 05:30 AM

Friday round-upBriefly: For the New Republic, Matt Ford suggests that by agreeing to review Gonzalez-Badillo v. United States, in which the petitioner argues that under the Fourth Amendment, “[h]is general acquiescence to a search of his bag … did not extend to the destruction of his personal property,” the court could “bring greater clarity to one’s constitutional […]

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Petition of the day

February 15th, 2018 05:00 PM

Petition of the dayThe petition of the day is: Colorado v. Fuentes-Espinoza 17-1084 Issue: Whether, under principles of implied pre-emption, the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101, et seq., forbids states from enacting legislation to prohibit human smuggling.

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More to Fortas than scandal – Timothy Huebner on a justice “made in Memphis”There are two primary biographies of Justice Abe Fortas — Bruce Allen Murphy’s 1988 “Fortas: The Rise and Ruin of a Supreme Court Justice” and Laura Kalman’s 1992 “Abe Fortas: A Biography.” Neither of these works devotes much attention to Fortas’ life in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Murphy – writing after the discovery of […]

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Thursday round-up

February 15th, 2018 07:20 AM

Thursday round-upThe spotlight stays on the high-profile union-fees case that will be argued this month, Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, in which the court will consider whether an Illinois law allowing public-sector unions to charge nonmembers for collective-bargaining activities violates the First Amendment. At The Daily Caller, Kevin Daley reports […]

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