Friday round-up

By on Jul 15, 2016 at 9:55 am

Yesterday Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a statement, through the Supreme Court’s Public Information Office, in which she indicated that her remarks criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump were “ill-advised.”  I covered the statement for this blog, with other coverage coming from Pete Williams and Halimah Abdullah of NBC News, Michael Shear of The New York Times, Jessica Taylor and Meg Anderson of NPR, Priscilla Alvarez of The Atlantic, Robert Barnes of The Washington Post, and Harper Neidig of The Hill.  In The Guardian, Megan Carpentier surveys legal experts about the possible effect of Ginsburg’s remarks on her legacy. Continue reading »

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Yesterday the Supreme Court released the calendar for its October 2016 sitting.  The calendar is noteworthy in two respects.  First, the Justices will hear oral arguments on only three of the six weekdays of the sitting, because a federal holiday – Columbus Day (October 10) – and two Jewish high holidays — Rosh Hashanah (October 3) and Yom Kippur (October 12) – fall during the sitting.  On October 3, the Justices will take the bench but will not hear oral arguments, although they may (for example) admit new lawyers to the Court’s bar.  Second, on two of the three oral argument days, the Justices will also hear oral arguments in the afternoon – a relatively rare occurrence that is likely intended to compensate for the days on which oral arguments are not scheduled.    Continue reading »

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UPDATED:  On Thursday, July 14, Chief Justice John Roberts requested a response from attorneys for G.G. to the school board’s stay application.  The response is due by 4 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, July 27.  


 

Warning of “severe disruption,” including the possibility that some parents might withdraw their children from school if a federal district court’s order mandating that a transgender student who identifies as a boy be allowed to use the boys’ restroom takes effect, a Virginia school board today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put both the district court’s order and an earlier ruling by a federal appeals court on hold.  Promising to file a petition for review by August 29, the Gloucester County School Board urged the Court to “restore the status quo” until the Court can weigh in on the case.  Continue reading »

Ginsburg walks back comments on Trump

By on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

In a series of recent interviews with the Associated Press, The New York Times, and CNN, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had harsh words for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump – calling him a “faker” and suggesting that she didn’t “even want to contemplate” the impact that a Trump presidency would have on the Supreme Court and the country.  Trump shot back with a call for Ginsburg to resign; the Justice’s comments were also widely criticized by editorial boards and pundits across the ideological spectrum.

Today Ginsburg weighed in again, perhaps seeking to quell the controversy.  In a statement released by the Court’s Public Information Office, Ginsburg described her “recent remarks in response to press inquiries” as “ill-advised” and added that she “regret[s] making them.”  “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office,” she continued, and she indicated that “[i]n the future I will be more circumspect.”

 
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Event announcement

By on Jul 14, 2016 at 9:15 am

UC Irvine School of Law will host its sixth annual Supreme Court Term review today at 12 p.m. Pacific. Speakers will include Howard Bashman, Erwin Chemerinsky, Kaaryn Gustafson, Dahlia Lithwick, and Robert Barnes; Rick Hasen will serve as moderator. The event will be live-streamed.

 
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Thursday round-up

By on Jul 14, 2016 at 8:13 am

Yesterday a Virginia school board asked the Supreme Court to put on hold a lower-court ruling requiring it to allow a transgender student who identifies as a boy to use the boys’ restroom.  I covered the ruling for this blog, with other coverage coming from Lyle Denniston at Constitution Daily, Louis Llovio of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Alana Durkin Richer of the Associated Press, Lawrence Hurley of Reuters, and Moriah Balingit of The Washington Post.   Continue reading »

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Petitions of the day

By on Jul 13, 2016 at 11:23 pm

The petitions of the day are:

15-1496

Issue: Whether 18 U.S.C. 16(b), as incorporated into the Immigration and Nationality Act’s provisions governing an alien’s removal from the United States, is unconstitutionally vague.

15-1498

Issue: Whether 18 U.S.C. 16(b), as incorporated into the Immigration and Nationality Act’s provisions governing an alien’s removal from the United States, is unconstitutionally vague.

Event announcement

By on Jul 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm

On July 22 at 3:40 p.m., the Virginia Bar Association will host a panel entitled, “The Roberts Court at Age 10: The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court Term in Review,” as part of its 126th Summer Meeting. Speakers will include Dori Bernstein, Marcia Coyle, and Brian Schmalzbach; William Hurd will serve as moderator. More information and registration for this event, which will be held in Hot Springs, Virginia, is available on the bar’s website.

 
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Wednesday round-up

By on Jul 13, 2016 at 6:59 am

Coverage relating to recent remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump comes from Nick Gass, who reports for Politico that Trump himself responded to Ginsburg, while Michael Shear and Maggie Haberman do the same for The New York Times; and from Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim, who report for Politico that “Democrats are struggling to defend Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s deepening criticism of” Trump.  Commentary comes from Steven Mazie, who in The Economist suggests that Ginsburg’s “dismissal of the GOP’s surprise presumptive nominee may backfire. Anyone who loves RBG probably already dislikes Mr Trump, and vice versa.”  And at PrawfsBlawg, Paul Horwitz contends that efforts to defend Ginsburg’s remarks “are mostly wrong.” Continue reading »

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OT 2015

A snapshot of the Justices’ appearances in OT2015.

Because June has traditionally been a busy opinion-writing month for the Supreme Court, the Justices’ schedule of events was relatively light in comparison to previous months.

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