Year: 2013

Big Wins For Gay Marriage

On the last day of the its term the Supreme Court today handed twin victories to the cause of marriage equality. If there was an empty seat in the courtroom I couldn’t see it. Justice Kennedy had the first opinion, U.S.

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Supreme Court Waters Down Voting Rights Act

A 5-4 divided Court today struck down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, effectively putting the burden on victims of voter descrimination to seek relief. Chief Justice Roberts wrote for a majority that included Justices Thomas, Scalia, Kennedy

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Fisher Fails to Finish ‘Firmative Action

On the first day of what promises to be a steamy week in Washington, at least outside the Supreme Court building, the Court announced its opinion in a long awaited affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas. When the case was

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Motor Voter, Right to Silence and More

For a day without a real blockbuster it turned out to be an unusually busy one for me. Among the Supreme Court decisions today was one that overturned an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship in order to register to

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Opinion on Gene Patent

Camera crews set up by the Supreme Court plaza on a steamy morning with thunderstorms, and even a possible derecho, forecast. Also in the forecast was the possibility of a major decision in one of the remaining twenty-three cases argued earlier

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California Raisins and Ex Post Facto

No opinions today on any of the big Supreme Court cases everyone has been watching and waiting for, but we did get :  Horne v. Department of Agriculture, in which California raisin growers won the right to challenge the constitutionality

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DNA Sampling No Different Than Fingerprinting

In an opinion delivered by Justice Kennedy today the Supreme Court said that taking a DNA sample from a suspect is the same as fingerprinting someone upon arrest, and that the purpose is indentification of the suspect  “When officers make

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Coming Into The Backstretch …

… only 28 cases remain undecided.Dashing hopes of a long awaited decision on the affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas, argued last October the Court today announced only two opinions of less interest. At least they weren’t unanimous.

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A Day Trip to Philly

I got a last minute call to go to Philadelphia to sketch the sentencing of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell – a case I have not followed and therefore am thankfully unable to comment on – so I hit the road

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Kagan’s Roundup Ready and Breyer’s in a Sling

A couple sketches from the Supreme Court yesterday: Justice Kagan annouced the Court’s unanimous opinion supporting Monsanto’s patent rights on its herbicide resistant genetically altered Roundup Ready seed. NYT’s Adam Liptak has the story here. It was also Justice Breyer’s first

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