Briefly:

  • This blog continues its symposium on the Supreme Court and the 2012 Election with a post by Chris Gober, who considers the potential political ramifications of some of the Court’s most polarizing cases from this past Term.
  • Over at Cato@Liberty, Ilya Shapiro discusses the supplemental amicus brief that the Cato Institute recently filed in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, in which the Court will consider whether the Alien Tort Statute applies to conduct that occurs in another country; the brief argues that “the Founders’ understanding of jurisdiction rested on the nexus between territory and sovereignty and that the law of nations as of 1789 recognized a territorial nexus between the state asserting jurisdiction and the claim asserted.”
  • Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Bill Mears of CNN, and Alexander Burns of Politico have additional follow-up coverage of Joan Biskupic’s interview with Justice Ginsburg, which Cormac featured in yesterday’s round-up.
  • PBS Newshour has an interview with Justice Scalia about his new book with Bryan Garner, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts.
  • John S. Rosenberg of the National Review Online reviews the brief filed by the University of Texas in Fisher v. University of Texas, in which the Court will examine the constitutionality of race-based affirmative action in undergraduate admissions decisions.
  • At the Huffington Post, Scottie Thomaston has coverage of an amicus brief filed recently by Indiana and fourteen other states in Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives v. Gill, one of the challenges to the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. The brief urges the Court to grant certiorari and affirm the constitutionality of the statute.

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Recommended Citation: Rachel Sachs, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 10, 2012, 9:27 AM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/08/friday-round-up-138/