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Empirical SCOTUS: The “right” stuff

The Constitution as originally drafted did not include certain specific rights and restrictions on the power of the government. These were instead later added as amendments to the Constitution in the form of the Bill of Rights. Commentary leading up to the establishment of the Constitution found in the Federalist Papers discusses the importance of […]
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August 16, 2019/by Adam Feldman

Friday round-up

The editorial board of The Wall Street Journal takes issue with “a remarkable and threatening amicus brief” in which five Democratic senators “all but tell the Justices that they’ll retaliate politically if the Court doesn’t do what they say in a Second Amendment case,” New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of […]
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August 16, 2019/by Edith Roberts

Certiorari denied in West v. Parker

The Supreme Court this evening denied the applications for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and by her referred to the court and the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Stephen Michael West in the capital case West v. Parker, 19-5561. Tennessee plans to execute Stephen Michael […]
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August 15, 2019/by Katie Bart

Thursday round-up

Tucker Higgins reports at CNBC on friend-of-the-court briefs filed in support of the city in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York, a challenge to New York City’s limits on transporting personal firearms, by groups of senators and representatives, including several Democratic presidential candidates. At National Review, […]
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August 15, 2019/by Edith Roberts

Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, the availability of joint and several forfeiture under 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(C), whether the Lanham Act prohibits registering as a trademark an otherwise generic term when a generic top-level domain (“.com”) is added to it, and whether an ordinance prohibiting […]
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August 14, 2019/by Aurora Barnes

Wednesday round-up

For The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle reports that “[t]he Trump administration’s U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court for argument time to support a challenge to New York City gun restrictions,” New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York, “even […]
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August 14, 2019/by Edith Roberts

Tuesday round-up

Briefly: At FiveThirtyEight, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux looks at a recent study showing that “Americans’ views of the Supreme Court have grown somewhat less favorable over time, and in the past few months, an unusually large partisan gap has opened up”; she suggests that “an uptick in partisan rancor could prompt the justices to tread carefully in […]
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August 13, 2019/by Edith Roberts

SCOTUS spotlight: Paul Smith on oral advocacy

This week at SCOTUStalk, Amy Howe of Howe on the Court begins a four-part series interviewing Supreme Court advocates. In this episode, Paul Smith discusses his notable career arguing 21 cases before the court. Smith is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and vice president of the Campaign Legal Center. Listen on Pippa | iTunes […]
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August 12, 2019/by SCOTUStalk

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