Month: January 2013

Kiriakou Sentencing, CIA Leaker or Whistleblower?

To his defenders former CIA officer John Kiriakou is a whistleblower who revealed the use of torture on terror suspects, but the government says that when he leaked the identity of a covert agent he was motivated by ego and

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LGBT Group Take Supreme Court Bar Oath

A large group of lawyers from the National LGBT Bar Association were introduced by Paul Smith before being sworn in to the bar of the Supreme Court. Openly gay lawyers practice before the Supreme Court, but yesterday marks the first

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Clerk Suter’s Morning Shtick

Clerk Willam K. Suter gives an informal, even entertaining, orientation to lawyers about to be sworn to the bar of the Supreme Court. This morning he pointed to the adjacent bench where the press would soon be taking their seats

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For Administration Law Lovers

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in City of Arlington, Texas v. FCC, a case concerning the deference due an agency in interpreting the statute that it administers and more specifically in this case whether it can determine its own

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Anchors Aweigh

A group of Navy lawyers picked the right day, yesterday, to be sworn in to the Supreme Court bar.  The first case argued, Levi v. United States, involved a malpractice and medical battery suit against a Navy surgeon. But first,

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Justice Thomas Breaks His Silence …sort of

The first argument at the Supreme Court this morning, and what I expected would be the subject of this post, was a potentially historic case, Alleyne v. United States. But near the end of the second argument, as I was

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DUI Blood Test Argument

Can police order someone pulled over for drunk driving to take a blood test, or must they first get a warrant? During yesterday’s Supreme Court arguments in Missouri v. McNeely most of the Justices seemed to think that usually a

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Welcome Back, Aggie

One of the sketch artists I most admire, Aggie Whalen Kenny, was visiting the Supreme Court this week. Aggie used to sketch the Court regularly for ABC and CBS back when I was still wet behind the ears. Now if

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First Argument of the New Year

A small, 9″ x 12″, sketch of yesterday’s arguments in Descamps v. U.S.

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