Month: January 2014

“Don We Now Our Gay Apparel . . . “

. . said Justice Scalia as he delivered the opinion in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel, explaining the use in this case of the somewhat archaic terms “don” and “doff”, as in “a well bred gentleman still doffs his hat to

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The McDonnell’s Day In Court

Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen bowed their heads in prayer before entering the first of two courtrooms in U.S. District Court, Richmond. Their first appearance was before Magistrate Judge David J. Novak, who ordered the couple

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SCOTUS In The Cold

Even the turtles holding up the Bronze lamps on the Supreme Court plaza seemed to want to pull in their heads from today’s frigid temperatures. Inside, the Justices heard arguments in two puzzling cases.The first, Paroline v. U.S., presented the

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The 35 Foot Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone . . .

. . . and the considerably larger Supreme Court chamber.A challenge to the Massachusetts law creating a 35 foot buffer zone around the entrance to abortion clinics, McCullen v. Coakley, was argued before the Supreme Court today. The last time

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Today’s Sketches

No single big story at the Supreme Court today. That will come tomorrow when the Court hears the first abortion argument it has considered in several years regarding the buffer zone around clinics in Boston. So tune in tomorrow. In

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Recess Appointments Draws A Crowd (and so do I)

The Supreme Court chamber was packed today as lawyers argued, in NLRB v. Canning, the Constitution’s Article II clause on recess appointments. White House spokesman, Jay Carney, lately sporting a beard, sat on the same bench , though at different

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Chubby Jihad Jane

Colleen LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, appeared in a Philadelphia courtroom this morning to be sentenced for her part in a plot to murder Dutch artist Lars Vilks for his cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad as a dog. She appears to

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