Posted on August 18, 2010 at 9:50 am by Adam Chandler
In brief, here are todayâ€™s stories on the Supreme Court:
- At Balkinization, Jason Mazzone summarizes his research on Supreme Court review of state court decisions. He concludes that â€œcompared to its predecessors, the Roberts Court is reviewing fewer cases from the state courts but reversing a higher percentage of them. In other words, the Roberts Court is intervening only to correct the most serious errors by the state courts.â€
- ACSblog highlights an amicus brief filed by former Justice Department lawyers and federal prosecutors in a prosecutorial misconduct case that will be argued in October, Connick v. Thompson. The brief contends that â€œprosecutors should be responsible for ensuring that constitutional rights are not subverted in the process of securing convictions.â€
- The Chicago Tribune previews National Aeronautics and Space Administration v. Nelson, a case about federal contract employeesâ€™ constitutional rights to informational privacy. Nelson will also be argued in October.
- Politicoâ€™s Josh Gerstein reports on United States v. Alvarez, in which the Ninth Circuit recently struck down a federal law making it a crime to falsely claim a military honor.Â He observes that the case â€œcould be a fascinating test of where [Justice] Kagan stands on free speech issuesâ€”a subject that went largely unexplored at her confirmation hearings.â€
- At Bench Memos, Matthew Franck critiques Michael Klarmanâ€™s recent Los Angeles Times op-ed on public opinion, gay marriage, and the Supreme Court. Franck contends that a Supreme Court â€œruling in favor of same-sex marriage is likely to play out more like Roe v. Wade than like Brown v. Board of Education.â€
- USC’s Gould School of Law has announced that it will be hosting a preview of the 2010 Supreme Court Term on Monday, September 20. More information is available here.
- And finally, the editorial board of the Hartford Courant praises the five Republican senators who, in the boardâ€™s view, â€œcourageously defied their leadershipâ€ by voting to confirm Justice Kagan.