The Supreme Court released its orders list from its long-conference yesterday and among the 12 cases granted is a potentially landmark ruling on the Second Amendment. The Court granted review in McDonald v. City of Chicago, a case decided by the Seventh Circuit in early-June. SCOTUSblog has a collection of cert. stage briefs that you [...]

(Nearly) every majority opinion features a short introduction before it jumps into the standard I, II, III, IV, etc structure. Some Justices simply introduce the facts very briefly (Scalia), while others discuss the procedural history (Thomas), and others discuss the underlying issue in the case (Souter.) I took a look at all of the cases [...]

DC v. Heller Commemorative Handgun

Smith and Wesson today announced an engraved Model 442 handgun to commemorate the landmark Second Amendment decision DC v. Heller. The Smith & Wesson Model 442 will be laser engraved with an insignia to commemorate the ruling by the Supreme Court. On the right side plate of the revolver, the scale of justice is depicted [...]

Now, for Heller: Affirmed, quite naturally. Wow! It came down 5-4, with none of the traditionally ‘liberal’ Justices joining the pro-gun rights majority. Scalia must have written an incredibly strong majority opinion and the ‘conservatives’ must have been unwilling to budge. Opinions are straight 5-4, one majority and two dissent. No concurring, partials. I’m surprised [...]

The Supreme Court is set to release DC v. Heller and two other cases this morning. The cases will be announced between 10:00am and 10:15am EST, and the opinions will be online minutes later. I’ll be posting my initial thoughts and opinions here, and I’ll be linking to others around the ‘net as they do [...]

Chill Out re: Heller

Law blogs (or blawgs, if you’re a silly person) are going absolutely nuts over the impending Heller decision. Over at Volokh, the everawesome (and possibly evergreen) Professor Kerr has a post telling everyone to come back tomorrow and one commenter asks: On what day of the term was Brown v. Board of Education released? This [...]

The Court just posted the transcript for Heller on its website here. You can find the audio on C-SPAN’s website here. More analysis to come.

The Supreme Court has announced that it will have an expedited release for oral argument audio in DC v. Heller scheduled for March 18. Oral arguments should be online an hour or so after oral arguments conclude and we’ll have analysis as soon as they come online. You should be able to listen to the [...]

The Supreme Court released an orders list today (here) and they accepted three new cases. Carcieri v. Kempthorne – Whether or not the federal government must afford Indian Tribes that are not officially recognized the same protections they offer officially recognized tribes. (Petition for Cert.) Arizona v. Gant – The Court accepted review on this [...]

The Supreme Court today released an orders list in which it agreed to hear the DC gun control case, District of Columbia v. Heller. It narrowed the questions presented to the following: Whether the following provisions – D.C. Code §§ 7-2502.02(a)(4), 22-4504(a), and 7-2507.02 – violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not [...]



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