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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal for Former Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7:00am 4/17/2018 at 7:00am
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Back in 2008 when Obama was running for president, then Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was busted for trying to sell Obama’s vacated Senate seat. A few years later, he was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

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One year ago – Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:00am 4/10/2018 at 11:00am
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Has it really been a year?

Yes, on April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Remember, Gorsuch only was nominated for the Scalia seat because Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee, was not given a Senate hearing much less vote (it’s highly unlikely he would...

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Supreme Court reverses 9th Circuit, rules for officer in police excessive use of force case

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:00pm 4/2/2018 at 3:00pm

The Supreme Court just handed down a police use-of-force decision, Kisela v. Hughes (

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Why Does Retired Justice Stevens think repealing the 2nd Amendment is a good idea?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00am 3/28/2018 at 11:00am
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Retired SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens (who is now 97 years old) has written a NY Times op-ed piece calling for the elimination of the Second Amendment. The reason he gives is this:

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US Supreme Court will not allow Trump to bypass 9th Circuit in DACA case

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:34am 2/26/2018 at 10:34am

We previously reported that the Trump administration took the unusual step of trying to get the Supreme Court to hear the case of the San Francisco federal district court order preventing Trump from ending DACA without getting a ruling first from the 9th Circuit.

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Pennsylvania legislators seek SCOTUS Emergency Stay of new congressional district map

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 8:34pm 2/21/2018 at 8:34pm
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On February 19, 2018, the majority Democrat members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposed a new congressional district map that was very Democrat friendly, likely swinging 4-5 seats to Democrats. It could be the difference between Democrats taking control of the U.S. House or not in the 2018 midterms.

The map became...

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2nd Amendment rights are under attack, but don’t count on the Supreme Court

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00pm 2/20/2018 at 9:00pm
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Opponents of the 2nd Amendment are gearing up to exploit the Parkland School shooting by making it part of the Resistance movement against Trump, the NRA and Republicans.

That was obvious from the start, and it’s more so now that the March For Our Lives on March 24 picks up celebrity donations...

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Judicial Resistance: Another judge tells Trump he can’t end DACA on March 5

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 9:05pm 2/13/2018 at 9:05pm

Earlier today I was reading Prof. Josh Blackman’s post responding to criticism he has received for using the term Judicial Resistance, On the Judicial Resistance:

Over the past year, I have discussed at some length the self-professed “legal resistance,” which has coordinated legal strategies to resist President Trump in the courts. This...

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg blames “macho atmosphere” for Hillary’s 2016 loss

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 5:00pm 2/13/2018 at 5:00pm

During a discussion at Columbia University, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg blamed a “macho atmosphere” and rampant sexism for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 electoral loss.

“I think it was difficult for Hillary Clinton to get by even the macho atmosphere prevailing during that campaign, and she was criticized in a way...

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In blow to Republicans, Justice Alito denies emergency request to halt Pennsylvania redistricting

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 5, 2018 at 3:00pm 2/5/2018 at 3:00pm
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On January 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on a 5—2 party-line vote, struck down the state’s congressional map and ordered the legislature to draw a new one by February 9. See my prior post, Bad news for GOP: Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses state’s congressional maps.

Two members of PA’s state legislature—its Speaker of...

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PA legislators seek SCOTUS stay of State Supreme Court Order striking down congressional districts

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:33pm 1/25/2018 at 7:33pm
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Three days ago, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania struck down the state’s congressional map, holding that it “clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Offering no rationale for this decision, which upends districts that have been in place for six years, the State Supreme Court further instructed the...

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Supreme Court to expedite consideration of Trump request to hear DACA case

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:50am 1/23/2018 at 10:50am

After a bizarre and completely unfounded San Francisco federal District Court injunction against the Trump administration wind-down of DACA, the Trump administration both filed for leave to appeal in the 9th Circuit and filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari Before Judgment in the Supreme Court. That latter Petition would...

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Supreme Court to hear Trump Travel Order No. 3

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00pm 1/19/2018 at 3:00pm

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in the government’s appeal from the 9th Circuit/Hawaii District Court order regarding Travel Order No. 3.

The Supreme Court Order accepting the case for review stated:

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Trump admin files for Supreme Court review of DACA case, but does not seek emergency stay

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:41pm 1/18/2018 at 8:41pm

The government just filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari Before Judgment (full embed at bottom of post)(pdf.) in the Supreme Court seeking pre-judgement review of the federal District Court order preventing the Trump administration from terminating DACA.

That District Court decision was absurd, as pointed out when we covered the decision, 

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Supreme Court halts North Carolina court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:59pm 1/18/2018 at 6:59pm

We covered the other day how North Carolina was ordered to redo it’s congressional maps, Court Tells North Carolina to Redraw Congressional Lines by Next Week.

The Supreme Court just issued a Stay of that order.

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The curious case of 4th Circuit delay in ruling on Trump Travel Order No. 3

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:00pm 1/13/2018 at 8:00pm
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We’re now on day 36 without a 4th Circuit decision on Trump’s third travel order.

Unveiled as a presidential proclamation on September 24, 2017, the third travel order (we’ll call it EO-3) restricts entry by most nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, as well as some nationals of North Korea...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Theater

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm 12/15/2017 at 8:00pm
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I have to admit, I fell asleep at the baker’s wheel.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was argued to the Supreme Court earlier this month and I, didn’t cover it. Not out of lack of interest, but more feeling like we’re chasing a swarm of daily dust ups created...

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