Year: 2010

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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New Constitutional Right for Juveniles

In an opinion announced today by Justice Kennedy the Supreme Court prohibits the sentencing of juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole if the crime does not involve murder.  What this means for the 129 prisoners in

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NY Terror Plot

No, not the Saturday night Times Square bomb attempt.  Sabirhan Hasanoff and Wesam El-Hanafi are said to have “conspired to modernize Al Qaeda by providing computer systems expertise”. The two appeared before a magistrate-judge in U.S. District Court in Alexandria

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Thicker Skins for Pettition-Signers?

“The First Amendment does not protect you from criticism or even nasty phone calls” said Justice Scalia in questioning a lawyer representing Referendum 71 petition-signers who want to remain anonymous. The attorney for the petitioners, James Bopp, Jr. argued that

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Happy 90th Justice Stevens!

Always courteous, retiring Justice John Paul Stevens questioned a lawyer arguing before the Court.

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Busy Day (for me) at the Court

The Supreme Court heard arguments in two interesting cases today neither of which made Nightly News (which is why I’m posting the drawings here). In the first, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez,  a Christian student group challenged a University of

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