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SCOTUS Passes on Constitutional Challenge to Death Penalty

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5:00pm 5/31/2016 at 5:00pm
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The death penalty will not get its day in court this year (at least not in the highest court in all of Americaland).

Only two of the court’s eight justices (Breyer and Ginsburg) showed interest in hearing the appeal of a Louisiana man convicted of killing his pregnant former girlfriend.

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Best of (Future SCOTUS?) Justice Don Willett’s Twitter Feed

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:15pm 5/18/2016 at 7:15pm
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, released a short-list of potential SCOTUS nominees Wednesday.

Senate Republicans have thus far, made good on their promise to block President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Should that hold, the task of replacing the late Justice Scalia will fall to the next Oval Office...

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SCOTUS: In drawing voting Districts, states can count non-voters

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:15pm 4/4/2016 at 5:15pm
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On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott, a voting rights case that dealt with how districts are drawn.

The opinion was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito concurring. With the unanimous ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia’s death...

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Mandatory union dues survive as SCOTUS deadlocks without Scalia

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8:30pm 3/29/2016 at 8:30pm
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States, stuck in a 4-4 deadlock, affirmed the lower court’s decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a labor union dues case.

The one sentence decision offered no explanation and simply stated, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”

Should public employee unions be...

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Supreme Court: 2nd Amendment applies to Stun Guns

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:30pm 3/21/2016 at 7:30pm
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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that Second Amendment does include stun guns, in a ruling issued on Monday.

In the short per curiam (“by the Court”) opinion in Caetano v. Massachusetts, the Court set aside a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, rejecting the arguments offered for allowing the...

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Meet Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee: Merrick Garland

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 10:34am 3/16/2016 at 10:34am
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Numerous news reports indicate that at 11 a.m. this morning Obama will hold a press appearance to introduce Merrick Garland, currently Chief Judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, as his nominee to fill the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia.

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Florida Passes Abortion Law Similar to Texas Law Challenged at SCOTUS

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 11, 2016 at 6:01pm 3/11/2016 at 6:01pm
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On Thursday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that would cut off state funding to abortion provider Planned Parenthood and increases the safety requirements for abortion clinics. The bill was cheered  by pro-life activists across the country and also brings added importance to a case pending before the United States...

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Justice Scalia, “guardian of the Jewish heritage within the Supreme Court”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 7, 2016 at 2:30pm 3/7/2016 at 2:30pm
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A reader sent me a post from a Chabad publication which sheds light on an aspect of Justice Antonin Scalia’s career I did not previously know. But it doesn’t surprise me.

I’m a big fan of Chabad, as I’ve previously mentioned:

Chabad, the Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish organization, has emissaries...

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Life and Death Take Center Stage as SCOTUS Hears Texas Abortion Law Case

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 1:00pm 3/3/2016 at 1:00pm
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The Supreme Court of the United States has resumed hearing oral arguments since the death of conservative stalwart Justice Antonin Scalia. His seat remains empty, leaving the Court’s already-tenuous balance even shakier as they address one of the most important abortion cases during recent years.

Wednesday, the Court heard oral arguments in ...

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Justice Thomas Asks Questions at Oral Argument for 1st Time in 10 Years

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:30pm 2/29/2016 at 5:30pm
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(UPDATED: This post has been updated with the transcript of the oral arguments, at the bottom of this post. h/t Shall Not Be Questioned blog.)

In a turn of events sure to shock those who follow the US Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has broken with his 10-year-long record of declining to...

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Video: Dems disagree with Joe Biden on SCOTUS nominations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:30am 2/25/2016 at 8:30am
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Democrats are pushing hard for the senate to lay down and approve an Obama nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court even after Chuck Schumer was

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Justice Scalia’s Honor Guard

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 19, 2016 at 9:00pm 2/19/2016 at 9:00pm
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There were many moving images today as Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was brought to and placed in repose in the Supreme Court.

The Featured Image was one of the most moving. His former law clerks lined up outside the Supreme Court awaiting arrival of his body. (h/t @amandacarpenter)

They continued to stand guard...

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Hillary: GOP Racist for Opposing Obama on Scalia Replacement

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 8:30am 2/18/2016 at 8:30am
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Just four years ago, the Democrats were calling the GOP the party of old white people. Today, Democrats are running two old white people while the Republican candidates have been extremely diverse.

Despite this new reality, Hillary Clinton is clinging to accusations of racism against Republicans, in this case because there is...

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A moving tribute to Antonin Scalia from … Stephen Colbert

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1:08pm 2/17/2016 at 1:08pm
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I don’t normally watch Stephen Colbert on the Late Show.

Somehow, it turned up on my TV last night. I’m not even sure I could replicate the error.

When I heard him turn to the topic of Antonin Scalia I thought, oh boy, here we go.

But I was so pleasantly surprised. Colbert told...

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No rush to get Scalia replacement on Supreme Court

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00pm 2/16/2016 at 7:00pm
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Media discussion of Justice Scalia’s death and its implications for the public unions case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association overstates the impact and misses the larger issue.

Before Justice Scalia died, it was very likely the Court would hold that it is unconstitutional for state law to require, or even simply allow,...

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Schumer tries to explain away his 2007 SCOTUS vote speech … fails

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 5:40pm 2/16/2016 at 5:40pm
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Back in 2007, Chuck Schumer stated plainly that Democrats should block all U.S. Supreme Court judges nominated by then president George W. Bush. There is no other way to interpret his words:

Having been confronted with this irrefutable evidence that Democrats played partisan politics on this very issue, Schumer has responded by...

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Scalia’s Death and the Upcoming Total Nomination War

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 11:30am 2/16/2016 at 11:30am
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There are moments I always recall with great clarity.

Learning about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be one of those events.

As I have been closely following this news, I have noticed that there is a lot of chatter about the circumstances of...

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