Year: 2010

Busy Day

Started out the day at the Supreme Court sketching arguments on an Arizona law that punishes employers of illegal immigrants.  Pictured above is Arizona’s Solicitor General Mary O’Grady. Then on to U.S. District Court in Baltimore for the initial appearance

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Rhetoric, or Just the Facts, M’am?

It was a lively debate as the Justices considered whether a District Court in California can compel the release of inmates from overcrowded prisons. As the lawyer for California began his arguments by raising the specter of “between 36,000 and

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Mortal Kombat & James Madison

A few sketches and quotes from today’s Supreme Court arguments on violent video games, Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association :     “Some of the Grimm’s fairy tales are quite grim, to tell you the truth” – Justice Scalia California’s Deputy Attorney

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FBI Hatched DC Metro Bomb Plot?

Farooque Ahmed, seen here at a detention hearing this afternoon in U.S.District Court, Alexandria, is charged in a plot to blow up DC Metro stations, but it seems that it was the FBI posing as al-Qaeda that first assigned him

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Breaking Bad at Georgetown

Charles Smith, pictured on the right, and John Perrone appeared before Magitrate Judge Deborah Robinson on Monday after the makings of a drug lab, as well as a small amount of the hallucinogen DMT, were found in Smith’s Georgetown University

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Chandra Levy Murder Trial Begins

Prospective jurors had their bags checked as the lined up to enter the courtroom in DC Superior Court today for jury selection in the trial of Ingmar Guandique. Wapo story here.

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Funeral-Picketing Case Heard

A few sketches from today’s Supreme Court arguments in Snyder v. Phelps.  Fred W. Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, whose members are primarily family, have a practice of picketing the funerals of dead soldiers with signs reading “Thank God

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First Monday In October

The new Supreme Court bench, it’s seating reshuffled after the departure of its most senior member, Justice Stevens – the Justices sit in order of seniority – and the addition of its’ newest member, Justice Kagan, began the term with

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The Investiture of Justice Kagan

Wearing white gloves the Supreme Court curators brought in the chair once used by Chief Justice John Marshall and in which Justice Elena Kagan would sit as her official commission was presented to the Court by Attorney General Eric Holder

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Arguments Heard on Stem Cell Funding Ban

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Beth Brinkmann today urged a three judge panel of the DC Circuit, Court of Appeals to stay a District Court judge’s preliminary injunction banning funding of embryonic stem cell research, but two of the judges seemed

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