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Tony Mauro is reporting that Solicitor General may wait until next term to argue her first case before the Supreme Court. It had been reported earlier that she might argue for the first time in the landmark Voting Rights Act case, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder. Mauro is now reporting that Neal Katyal [...]

WSJ Op-ed on Judicial Elections

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting op-ed this weekend on state judicial elections. Lloyd Karmeier, the winner of a $9.3 million campaign for the Illinois Supreme Court in 2004, was supported by $350,000 in direct contributions from employees, lawyers and others directly involved with the insurer State Farm and/or its then pending appeal, and [...]

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Michael Richards death penalty case. Richard’s attorney’s had computer difficulties and despite notifying the proper authorities, the judge in charge, Judge Sharon ‘Killer’ Keller slammed the door on them and forced the execution to proceed. There are things that we can do. For years now, there has been [...]

Hook ‘Em

Yesterday the University of Texas sent out an email to all of its students outlining its policy towards hazing and detailing some crimes that are considered hazing. You can find the entire email in memorandum form here but these are the relevant excerpts: According to the law, a person can commit a hazing offense not [...]

When I was looking for jurisprudence surrounding the dollar bill issue a few days ago, I stumbled upon this ruling. The otherwise unimportant case of Snell v. Commonwealth of Virginia stuck out as having a lot of citations. In high school we were always tough the age-old dictum about citing our sources, but this opinion [...]



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