Month: June 2010

Turkey in the Straw

In the late seventies, during one of those end of the term marathon sessions of congress, then majority leader Senator Byrd invited members of the press to his office for an early morning briefing at the conclusion of which the

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Justice Stevens Farewell

As Justice John Paul Stevens prepared to read his farewell letter he noted that when he joined the Court in 1975 such a letter could well have been addressed “Dear Brethren”, but with two women on the Court – likely

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The Line Formed Early

SCOTUS fans started lining up at 5pm yesterday for a seat in the courtroom. Today is the last day of opinions and the last day Justice Stevens will take his seat on the bench. I am there.

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‘Honest Services Fraud’ Limited

Justice Ginsburg today announced the opinion of the Court in three cases testing “honest services” statutes, the most notable of which is the case of Enron’s Jeffrey Skilling.  A unanimous Court found that laws proscribing the fraudulent deprivation of “the

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SCOTUS Sketchbook

Rough sketches of Justices announcing yesterday’s opinions.

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US Loses Wheel at Blago Trial

As spectators lined up for the first day of testimony at the trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich, and attorneys made their way into the courtroom . . . . . . a wheel fell off of the United States

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Blagojevich Opening Statements

“What about me?” repeated Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton each time she described former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s attempts to use his office for self-enrichment. Defense attorney Sam Adam, Jr. told the jurors “He’s broke. He’s broke. You know why he’s

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