Tag: SCOTUS

First Monday Sketches

Justice Thomas was absent from the bench – “indisposed due to illness” said the Chief Justice after formally announcing the beginning of the new term. The Justices then heard argument in the first case, Kahler v. Kansas, on whether states can

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Last Arguments Of A Quiet Term

April is the last argument siting of the Supreme Court. From now until the end of June the Justices will only sit to announces opinions, and no maybe a few dissents. After a fairly quiet term with no real blockbusters

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This Week’s SCOTUS Sketches

Spring is coming – slowly – to DC as the Supreme Court begins its March sitting. March is gerrymander month at the court this term with an argument on race-based redistricting in Virginia on Monday, and two more to be

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RBG Is Back, Baby!

Appearing strong as ever, Justice Ginsburg returned to the bench yesterday for the first argument of the February sitting. Sitting more upright – she’s usually hunched over and hard to see – Justice Ginsburg asked the very first question during

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What is “Separate Sovereigns”, Alex?

Answer: an exception to the double-jeopardy rule. Here are a few sketches from Thursday’s argument in Gamble v. United States where Terance Gamble challenges his prosecution and conviction for the same offense in both state and federal court despite the

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Sketches From The October Sitting

An unusual start to the new term of what can now be truly called the Roberts Court. After Justice Kennedy’s retirement the Chief Justice, who on the bench occupies the center chair, now also becomes the center of gravity of

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Catching Up: Some SCOTUS Opinions

First things first, DC threw a parade last week to celebrate the home team Stanley Cup winners. Congratulations Washington Capitals! Below are sketches of opinions announced in three major cases, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Husted v. A.

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Maryland Gerrymander

Sketches from yesterday’s desultory argument in Benisek v. Lamone.

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This Week’s SCOTUS Sketches

Three arguments: Currier v. Virginia, City of Hays v. Vogt, and Dahda v. United States. Four opinions: Murphy v. Smith, Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, Class v. United States, and Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers. No biggies.    

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Two SCOTUS Arguments

Last Wednesday’s sketches of arguments in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense,    and Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC.        

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