Month: March 2012

Sketches from the Final Day of Health Care Arguments

I’m pretty much cross-eyed after three days of sketching the Supreme Court’s health care argument marathon, so I’ll just post today’s drawings with brief captions. Paul Clement, shown above, begins his argument on severability. Justice Scalia needles Deputy Solicitor General

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Tough Day for Affordable Care Act

It was hard going for Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, pictured above and below, as a majority of the Justices expressed skepticism about about the individual mandate provision of the new health care law. Former Solicitior General Paul Clement, now representing

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Day 1 of Supreme Court Arguments in Health Care Overhaul

The first issue before the Court was the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 which says that you can’t challenge a tax until it’s been collected. Under the new Affordable Care Act if you don’t have health insurance you pay a penalty,

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RIP John Payton

One of the nation’s greatest civil rights attorneys NAACP Legal Defense Fund president John Payton passed away yesterday.  He is shown here arguing before the Supreme Court in Gratz v. Bollinger, April 1, 2003. In Memoriam

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Opinions and Arguments

A couple of sketches from today at the Supreme Court : The Court heard arguments in two cases where juveniles were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Both prisoners were very ably represented by Bryan Stevenson, pictured above.

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The Warren Court

A work in progress: recreation of two cases arising from sit-in protests at a segregated lunch counter and a restaurant in Columbia, SC in the early sixties. On the bench, left to right, are Justices Byron White, William Brennan, Tom

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