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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2012-2013

    Overall, it seems the Court's decisions in its major decisions in the 2012-13 term gave everyone a reason to dislike them, and accuse them of disregarding precedent, creating new law, and allowing...
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    All of us are happy for you and brp, Blomgren! Congrats.
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    Somewhat "plain English" explanation of the legalese in the Prop 8 decision:



    http://www.scotusblog.com/
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    Prop 8 challenge is dismissed - parties that brought the case did not have jurisdiction to do so. So I think this would mean the California SC decision stands (for now).

    5-4 - Kennedy, Thomas,...
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    No ruling on Prop 8 yet, but apparently there is language in the DOMA decision suggesting SCOTUS will dismiss the challenge as not being within their jurisdiction.
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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2012-2013

    Scalia reading his dissent from the bench: "The Court's opinion both in explaining its jurisdiction and its decision "both spring from the same diseased root: an exalted notion of the role of this...
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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2012-2013

    Full decision:

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_g2bh.pdf
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    DOMA IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL! 5-4 vote

    Kennedy sides with the liberal wing in finding DOMA to be a deprivation of the equal protection of the law when applied to legally married couples.

    What a...
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    I think there is a live blog follower record on SCOTUSBlog, I didn't realize that many people even followed the site, let alone were eager for today's big decisions.
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    Prop 8 and DOMA decisions due at 10 ET. SCOTUSblog begins live blogging at 9, they were the first (that I know of) to have the opinions posted this week in the major cases.
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    PA has Non-Driver Driver Licenses that are relatively easy to apply for, and are issued at no cost. With the coming Immigration and Health Care law changes, I think it's going to be incumbent on...
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    The numbers surprised me during the trial on the PA Voter ID law, Suliso - I take it for granted, but in reading some of the people who were plaintiffs in the case, there were legitimate holes in the...
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    First of all, it could require pre-approval again, if Congress actually does some work and updates the formula. They have hardly tweaked the formula in 50 years, and that's the SCOTUS's chief...
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    Gerrymandering is a two-way street, Ti - Just as R's have, D's have drawn some of the most outrageous boundaries to protect their own in response to Census information.
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    This decision makes the upcoming DOMA/Prop 8 decision all the more interesting - giving Roberts wrote the opinion, and is arguing for equality in treatment absent findings for handling things...
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    From what it appears, SCOTUS got tired of Congress refusing to deal with updating the formula for determining what jurisdictions should be subject to Federal pre-clearance before enacting any...
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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2012-2013

    Here's a summary of the impact of the Voting Rights decision:

    HIGH COURT VOIDS KEY PART OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT
    BY MARK SHERMAN
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says a key...
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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2012-2013

    From the majority opinion:


    Ginsberg, for the second day in a row, is reading a dissent from the bench (which the Justices usually will do only if they are intensely opposed to the majority...
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    Watch out for big news on the Voting Rights Act - portion(s) are about to be declared unconstitutional.

    EDIT: Here's the opinion - Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act has been declared...
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    I think the hire/fire language went to the degree of culpability of the company itself, James. The opinion seems to state that the company was not held responsible for the harassment since the...
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    The first of the big decisions is out - and it's not really a decision at all -

    SCOTUS passes on big affirmative action decision
    By JOSH GERSTEIN | 6/24/13 10:34 AM EDT Updated: 6/24/13 11:27 AM...
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    Three major rulings will come down this week - 1) the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions, 2) a voting rights case from Alabama which seeks to end federal approval of any local change in election practices,...
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    Breyer sided with a conservative majority, and Scalia dissented? And Thomas didn't "me too" Scalia's opinion? That's so unlike this Court.
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    I think "skim milk marriage" is the best line of...

    I think "skim milk marriage" is the best line of the two days of hearings. That's one of the many reasons I will greatly miss RBG when she steps down so Obama can appoint another liberal justice...
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    Thanks Dry. Looking forward to reading it later.
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