Petitions of the week
Thursday, October 17, 2019

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, whether the First Amendment invalidates a longstanding state constitutional provision limiting judges affiliated with any one political party to no more than a “bare majority” on the state’s highes... .. read more..

Are we all textualists now?: Amy Howe and Kevin Russell discuss oral argument...
Thursday, October 17, 2019

This week on SCOTUStalk, Amy Howe sits down with Kevin Russell to discuss the oral arguments in the LGBT employment discrimination cases heard by the court last week. The pair talk about Pam Karlan’s opening argument in Bostock v. Clayton County, the two-minute rule, Justice Kagan’s i... .. read more..

Argument analysis: “D.C. sniper” case could hinge on Kavanaugh
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

It has been 17 years since John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, known as the “D.C. snipers,” shot and killed 12 people and injured six more. The Washington, D.C., area was paralyzed with fear until the then-42-year-old Muhammad and Malvo, who was then 17, were arrested at a Maryland rest stop.... .. read more..

Executive privilege, Congress’ subpoena power, and the courts: A brief overvi...
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

As much as it is discussed and debated, especially lately, there is remarkably little case law concerning “executive privilege”—the idea that there are at least some internal executive branch communications that are shielded against compelled disclosure. The Supreme Court has decided exactly one ... .. read more..

Argument analysis: Justices weigh appointments dispute – and nature of Puerto...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Supreme Court heard oral argument this morning in a dispute over the validity of appointments to a board created by Congress to bring financial stability back to Puerto Rico. With billions of dollars potentially at stake, the courtroom was packed with spectators, many of whom had flown in fro... .. read more..

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