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I’ve been thinking about Kedar’s post on the issue, and I am compelled somewhat bizarrely by this form of pedantry. My compulsive use of Google has unearthed the following: The vulgar Latin that was prevalent in large parts of Europe in the centuries post-Rome, when the term was likely adopted, would have pronounced it more [...]

Even though I should be hard at work on the two amicus briefs that my organization is currently working on, I’ve still found time recently to roam about the internet following bizarre Supreme Court memes. The most interesting thing that I’ve found recently is an article on the perennial debate over the correct pronunciation of [...]

The news coming out of the Supreme Court is mostly quiet now, as Justices and clerks plow though opinions and the rest of the world speculates about Justice Souter’s replacement. On that note, Jan Crawford Greenburg has a post on her blog here confirming three of the six members of what she claims is the [...]

I’ve been thinking about the Court’s grant of cert. in two cases in which Juveniles were sentenced to long prison terms for crimes in which no one was killed. Lyle Denniston has some great analysis on the matter here. Another thing odd about these cases is that the Court considered them at several consecutive conference [...]

The Supreme Court granted review today in two cases revolving around whether or not sentencing children to long-term prison sentences for non-capital crimes constitutes cruel and unusual punishment as defined by the Eight Amendment. In Sullivan v. Florida, Joe Sullivan was 13-years old when convicted of raping an elderly woman and in Graham v. Florida, [...]

The Court issued a press release in which Justice Souter’s colleages expressed their best wishes towards him. I’ve reprinted them in full below: STATEMENTS FROM THE SUPREME COURT REGARDING JUSTICE DAVID H. SOUTER’S RETIREMENT May 1, 2009 Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.: Justice Souter has served with great distinction on the Court for nearly [...]

Justice Souter has officially given President Obama notice of his intent to retire at the end of the current term. His notification seemed to suggest that he will not remain in his position until his successor is seated. Thanks to SCOTUSblog, we can see the Court’s press release here and Justice Souter’s letter here. You [...]

The AP wire is reporting on a possible nominees to replace Justice Souter. Most news sources are reporting that President Obama will nominate a woman. He is also under considerable pressure to nominate a minority candidate, and there are only a handful of nominees to meet both of those criteria. Here is the AP list [...]

Several sources are reporting that Justice Souter will retire at the end of the term (NBC here). It isn’t terribly surprising, ATL had been reporting that he hasn’t hired terms for OT09 and UTR reported on a clandestine meeting between Justice Souter and Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Assuming that the [...]

C-SPAN is now streaming the audio from oral arguments on their website. Link here. My initial thoughts: the Justices are very, very skeptical of Section 5.



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  • A Classic Oral Argument Passage: Today's New York Times article about Paul Clement, "Lawyer Opposing Health Law is Familiar Face to the Justices", reminds me of an interesti...
  • Average Age (1800-2010): I've posted a PDF of the Court's average age at the beginning of every term from 1800-present. The ages were taken on the first Monday in Oc...
  • New OT08 Term Stats : With 43 opinions released, the Court has now released just over half of the opinions it will release for the term. Lets take a look at some ...
  • Likelihood of a Petition Being Granted: There are a lot of numbers thrown out about the likelihood of a cert. petition being granted. The number I've always heard is 1%, but I some...

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