Category: Opinions

Sketches of announcement of Supreme Court opinions

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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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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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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The Supreme Court’s Health Care Opinion

My sketches from the announcement of the Court’s opinion, and dissents, on the Affordable Care Act.  As they took their seats Justice Breyer was smiling; Sotomayor looked glum. Justice Scalia was actually sitting as far back from Roberts as possible.

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Announcing the Court’s Opinion on Arizona Immigration Law

Sketches of the Supreme Court announcing its opinion in Arizona v. U.S. The Court upheld in part and struck down in part Arizona’s law, SB 1070, aimed at curtailing illegal immigration. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority….. …..and Justice Scalia

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The Fabulist Justice Scalia

Reading his opinion in a mortgage-settlement kickback case, Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Justice Scalia went to Aesop’s fables to illustrate a point. “Aesop’s fable would be just as wryly humorous if the lion’s claim to the entirety of the kill

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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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Violent Videos and Arizona Campaign Finance

Citing Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Homer and Dante, as well as Golding’s Lord of the Flies, in his opinion for the majority Justice Scalia said that violent speech, in this case video games, even when directed at children is still protected

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