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Symposium: 1 First Street, NE, Punxsutawney, PA

Tyler Green is the solicitor general of Utah. My last contribution to a SCOTUSblog symposium on political gerrymandering used homemade bad theater to depict how a Supreme Court decision setting a standard for political-gerrymandering claims would change life for state legislators and their attorneys. The court dodged this issue in Gill v. Whitford. But the […]
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February 8, 2019/by Tyler Green

Symposium: 1 First Street, NE, Punxsutawney, PA

Tyler Green is the solicitor general of Utah. My last contribution to a SCOTUSblog symposium on political gerrymandering used homemade bad theater to depict how a Supreme Court decision setting a standard for political-gerrymandering claims would change life for state legislators and their attorneys. The court dodged this issue in Gill v. Whitford. But the […]
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February 8, 2019/by Tyler Green

Friday round-up

Last night the Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the more liberal justices, blocked a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from going into effect pending appeal. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage, which first appeared at Howe on the […]
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February 8, 2019/by Edith Roberts

Justices grant stay, block Louisiana abortion law from going into effect

In June 2016, an eight-member Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that required doctors who perform abortions to have the authority to admit patients at a local hospital. The makeup of the court has changed significantly since then: In 2017, Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died […]
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February 8, 2019/by Amy Howe

Divided court allows Alabama execution to go forward

A divided Supreme Court cleared the way for Alabama to execute a Muslim inmate after denying his request to have an imam at his side in the execution chamber, even though the prison would allow a Christian chaplain to be present in the chamber. By a vote of 5-4, the justices lifted a stay of […]
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February 8, 2019/by Amy Howe

Symposium: Precedent dictates a win for the plaintiffs in this term’s partisan-gerrymandering cases

Guy-Uriel E. Charles is the Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law at Duke Law School. Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer is Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law. In Lamone v. Benisek, a three-judge federal […]
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February 7, 2019/by Guy-Uriel E. Charles and Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer

Symposium: Much ado about partisan gerrymandering

Kaylan L. Phillips serves as litigation counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. For more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has struggled to articulate a standard for evaluating partisan-gerrymandering claims. The reason is simple: There is no workable standard. Redistricting is a quintessential lawmaking […]
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February 7, 2019/by Kaylan Phillips

Thursday round-up

Briefly: At Law.com, Tony Mauro reports that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., sent a letter last month to “Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Court Clerk Scott Harris, decrying ‘the court’s practice of routinely accepting amicus curiae briefs from special interest groups that fail to disclose their donors.’” At Justia’s Verdict blog, Samuel Estreicher writes that Kisor […]
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February 7, 2019/by Edith Roberts

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