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Give Scotusblog a Seat in Court

New York Times - 30 Jun 2014
At a few minutes past 10 a.m. on Monday, as the Supreme Court began to issue the final rulings of the term, 60,000 people — including journalists at major news outlets around the country — were following the live feed of Scotusblog, a website devoted ...
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Francisco confirmed as solicitor general

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 19 Sep 2017
By a vote of 50-47 that broke down almost completely on party lines, the Senate today confirmed Noel Francisco to serve as the solicitor general, the government's top lawyer in the Supreme Court. Francisco's confirmation comes less than two weeks ...
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Hawaii responds in latest travel-ban dispute

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 12 Sep 2017
The state of Hawaii fired back this morning, urging the Supreme Court to stay out of the most recent skirmish in the battle over President Donald Trump's March 6 executive order, often known as the “travel ban.” Yesterday the Trump administration went ...
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Hidalgo v. Arizona

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 28 Aug 2017
SCOTUSblog Coverage. Petition of the day (Aurora Barnes). Date, Proceedings and Orders. May 30 2017, Application (16A1185) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from June 13, 2017 to July 14, 2017, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
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Wedding cakes v. religious beliefs?: In Plain English

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 11 Sep 2017
Colorado's anti-discrimination law bars places of public accommodation – that is, businesses that sell to the public – from discriminating based on (among other things) sexual orientation. In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins went to Masterpiece ...
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Symposium: Discrimination is not a fundamental American value

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 12 Sep 2017
Vanita Gupta is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. More than five decades ago, our country wrestled with the issue of whether businesses open to the public should be open to everyone on the same terms, ...
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Symposium: Conscience, conditions, and access to civil society

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 15 Sep 2017
Richard W. Garnett is the Paul J. Schierl / Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He joined an amicus brief with 33 other legal scholars in support of the cakeshop in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil ...
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Texas asks Supreme Court to intervene in redistricting battle

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 25 Aug 2017
In June, the Supreme Court agreed to review a ruling by a three-judge federal district court striking down the redistricting plan that Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature adopted after the 2010 census. Today the state of Texas asked the ...
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Challengers ask Supreme Court to speed up Texas redistricting cases

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 15 Sep 2017
Early this week, the Supreme Court – over the dissent of the court's four more liberal justices – granted Texas' request to put on hold two lower-court orders that had invalidated two of the state's federal congressional districts and the state's maps ...
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In Recess #4: “Stone Soup”

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 11 Sep 2017
We're just three weeks from the start of a blockbuster new term at the Supreme Court, but don't let that fool you: The conference remains largely inert, essentially daring us at Historic First Mondays Studios to produce an episode with the scraps they ...
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Supreme Court releases November argument calendar

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 01 Sep 2017
The Supreme Court today released the calendar for the November sitting, which actually begins on Monday, October 30. The calendar is a relatively light one: The justices will hear oral arguments in eight cases over six days, with six of those eight ...
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Looking back at predictions in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 07 Sep 2017
Last spring the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts dismissed approximately 20,000 wrongful convictions involving Annie Dookhan, a chemist in a Massachusetts crime lab. The American Civil Liberties Union called it “the single largest dismissal of ...
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Justices add prisoner fees case to merits docket

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 25 Aug 2017
The Supreme Court is currently in its summer recess, and the justices are not scheduled to meet to review new cases until September 25, when their “long conference” – at which they will consider the approximately 2,000 petitions that have accumulated ...
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Alito grants stay in Texas House redistricting case

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 01 Sep 2017
Justice Samuel Alito acted quickly this afternoon to grant a request by Texas officials to block a lower court's order that had invalidated the state's maps for the Texas House of Representatives, the lower house of the Texas legislature. Today's order ...
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Alito puts Texas redistricting case on hold

SCOTUSblog (blog) - 28 Aug 2017
In a one-sentence order issued this afternoon, Justice Samuel Alito blocked an order by a federal district court in Texas that had invalidated two congressional districts in that state. Officials in Texas had asked the district court to put its order ...

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