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Justice Ginsburg Forgoes the Jabot

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One thing a sketch artist at the Supreme Court needs to look for is whether Justice Ginsburg is wearing a jabot or one of her increasingly large doilies around her neck. Today, for the first time I can recall, she wore neither. She appeared to be wearing a sparkly necklace of dark crystals. I couldn’t quite make it out.

The above sketch is from the Title VII case argued today, Vance v. Ball State University.

Below are a couple of sketches from the other case argued dealing with federal antitrust law and Georgia’s state health care system, FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System. Note again, Ginsburg sans jabot.
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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. 6a00d8341cd0df53ef017742d379be970d-800wi

As they took their seats Justice Breyer was smiling; Sotomayor looked glum.

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017742d37ccf970d-piJustice Scalia was actually sitting as far back from Roberts as possible. Forgive the artistic license, but I wanted to get his expression in the frame. 6a00d8341cd0df53ef016767f89831970b-800wi

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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.

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Paul Clement, shown above, begins his argument on severability.

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Justice Scalia needles Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Smiley Kneedler.

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Justice Breyer brandishes portions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Clement makes his argument on Medicaid Expansion.

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Solicitor General Donald Verrilli had a better day today, but too late?

Lyle Denniston’s recap of the arguments on severability is here.

And Lyle’s recap of the Medicaid arguments is here.

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Tough Day for Affordable Care Act

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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. SC120327_Verrilli
Former Solicitior General Paul Clement, now representing the challengers to the Affordable Care Act, appeared to win today’s round. SC120327_Clement
Round three tomorrow.

Mike Sacks has it covered here.

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Day 1 of Supreme Court Arguments in Health Care Overhaul

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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, and because that penalty is assessed depending upon your income and is collected by the IRS it could be seen as a tax. And since that tax has yet to be collected an appeal is premature, a position neither side is claiming and so the Court appointed Washington lawyer Robert A. Long, pictured below, to play devil’s advocate, or more properly amicus curiae. SC120326_Long
Lyle Denniston’s take on today’s arguments here.

 

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Fourth Circuit Considers Health Care Law

A few sketches from today’s arguments ( which can be heard here ) in Liberty University v. Geithner and Virginia v. Sebelius, both cases concerning the individual mandate in the new Obama-sponsored health care law.

Pictured below : Mathew Staver, the attorney for Liberty University arguing before the Fourth Circuit three-judge panel.   ACA110510wide

Judge Andre Davis :  ACA110510_Davis

Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and Judge Diana Gribbon Matz :  ACA110510_Motz

Judge James Wynn :  ACA110510_Wynn

Andrew Cohen’s intelligent analysis can be found here.

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