Archive for May, 2007

Justice Ginsburg has been one of this term’s most prolific dissenters. Ginsburg penned the caustic dissent in Carhart and again more recently in Ledbetter. While Ginsburg has always been a vocal advocate of women’s rights, the Court’s present state is perfect for Ginsburg to voice her opinion in a way we’ve almost never seen before. [...]

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It looks like all of the court watchers were right. Chief Justice Roberts is going to hand down the school discrimination cases very, very soon. I’m working on a post about them right now. Until then… I think I have a problem- I read the news too often. On top of reading (skimming) the WSJ [...]

The court today handed down a ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.. With Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito making up a majority, the Court held 5-4 that pay raises made outside of the statute of limitations were not protected under the Civil Rights Act. The decision makes [...]

The Onion published one of its best articles in a while this week with ‘Supreme Court Reaches Landmark ‘It Depends’ Ruling.’ WASHINGTON, DC—In a landmark 8-1 decision, an uncharacteristically subdued Supreme Court ruled “it depends” in the case of Panetti v. Quarterman, leaving the issue of executing the mentally ill completely open-ended. “If it were [...]

For quite some time now, Supreme Court-watchers have been debating whether or not cameras should be allowed in the Supreme Court during oral arguments. In a series of articles published in the University of Michigan Law Review, The Honorable Boyce Martin, Scott Wilcox, Tony Mauro, Kenneth Flaxman and Bruce Peabody each take a look at [...]

I got all four of my wisdom teeth extracted yesterday at noon, so I’ve been in-and-out of consciousness for the last 24 hours. During a brief stint of consciouness, I looked at some of the other cases the Court handed down on monday and it could have been the drugs, but none of them really [...]

I recently found out about the Congressional Food Stamp Challenge. A few members of Congress have decided to go on food stamps for an entire week to raise awareness about the insufficient resources that currently go into the food stamp program. James P. McGovern (D-MA), Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), and two others have both been [...]

After a disappointingly slow week, the Court handed down five opinions, one Per Curiam reversal, and a marginally interesting orders list today. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but a per curiam opinion is usually issued when the Court rejects a case based on procedural grounds and chooses to deny certiorari. Per Curiam decisions [...]

The word on the street is that Justice Thomas hasn’t said a single word in oral argumenents since February 22, 2006. Whenever I analyze oral arguments (here most recently) I always mention how he silent during oral arguments but I had no idea that this has been going on for over a year. The best [...]

I updated my Term Case Index by adding the cases that are currently before the Court. I’ve included a hyperlink to the oral arguments as well as the Questions Presented Document which lists the key questions to be answered by the Court. I also included information about the general topics, case number, and date argued. [...]



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