Month: March 2011

Brobdingnagian Class-Action

A gigantic class-action suit brought against megastore Wal-Mart for its biased treatment of female employees seemed to run into trouble in the Supreme Court today.  Wal-Mart took some tough questions from Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan. Justice Ginsburg to Wal-Mart’s lawyer,

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One More Cut at Campaign Finance Reform?

Under Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Act candidates who accept public funding receive grants matching dollar for dollar ( up to twice their initial grant and with adjustments ) the amounts spent on the campaign of a privately funded candidate. The

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Bring Your Children Cases to Court Day

The two cases argued before the Supreme Court today involved the welfare of children.  In the first, Turner v. Rogers, the Court was asked if deadbeat dads who fail to pay child support have a right to counsel when facing

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Roberts Court Not So Business Friendly

Until recently the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts has had a reputation of being friendly to business, but in two decisions delivered today the court continues a recent trend of rulings less favorable to business. In the first opinion,

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Court Opens the Door a Crack on DNA Testing for Prisoners

A sketch of Justice Ginsburg reading her opinion in Skinner v. Switzer : WaPo story here.

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Also at the Court

While the big news a the Supreme Court today was the decision in Snyder v. Phelps, arguments in another of this term’s big cases was being heard : Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd. Abudulla al-Kidd, formerly Lavni T. Kidd, was born and

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Sometimes a Funny Court

A few chuckles at the Court yesterday ( see Dahlia Lithwick’s story in Slate ), so I thought I’d post a couple doodles I did as the Justices announced their opinions.   In his opinion in Staub v. Proctor Hospital

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