Barack Obama has chosen a running mate that shares his views on fiscal policy, healthcare, education, the war on terror, and…Clarence Thomas? It seems that the presumptive Democratic nominee, fresh off his remarks at Saddleback, has selected Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) as his VP. Biden is widely-respected as the Chair of the Senate Committee on [...]

Opinio Juris has rather extensive coverage of today’s Medellin decision. I’ve spent the last hour plowing through most of it and I can say that it is both insightful and extensive.

After a cursory glance of the opinion in Medellin v. Texas (here), it looks like the Court largely sidestepped one of the major questions in the case. The Court appears to have focused primarily on the international law portion of the debate at the demise of solving the federalist issue. President Bush had declared in [...]

The Supreme Court today released its opinion in Medellin v. Texas. The Court ruled 6-3, in an opinion written by the Chief Justice, that the ICC’s decision in Avena was not valid federal law. The Court was sure to reenforce, however, that “Indeed, we agree with Medellín that, as a general matter, ‘an agreement to [...]

Medellin (docket, questions presented, oral arguments, petitioner’s brief) is without a doubt one of the most anticipated opinions of the year. Medellin was argued on October 10, 2007, making it one of the oldest cases still being decided. As of today, it has been nearly 160 days since Medellin‘s oral arguments and last year, the [...]

After an unnecessarily long summary of the Court’s Decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, you should all be firmiliar with the arguments in the case. The blawgosphere has gone into convulsions over the ruling, with conservative reactions ranging from a newfound fear of global dehydration to cries of judicial activism. Liberal blawgs have very little to [...]

In an unusually busy day, the Supreme Court handed down three very interesting rulings in cases that ranged from Guantanamo Bay to the EPA. In Boumediene v. Bush and Odah v. US, cases argued together, the Court refused to grant two inmates petitions of certiorari. Justices Stevens and Kennedy penned an opinion in favor of [...]



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