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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2010-2011

    An interesting ruling handed down yesterday:



    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/04/tax-credits-for-religious-school-scholarships-ruled-constitutional/

    If you follow oral arguments at...
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    Really, by her last couple of terms, O'Connor couldn't even be considered a swing vote anymore. I remember the statisticians at the SCOTUS Blog calculated in 2005 that she had moved to the left of...
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    Not to pile on the punches, but one thing I will note re: Thomas as an opinion writer (not talking dissents here) is that I can barely come up with so many as three important cases where Thomas has...
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    It's opinion season.

    Interesting split in Skinner v. Switzer: 6-3 vote, Ginsburg writing for Roberts, Scalia, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan. Thomas wrote the dissent, joined by Kennedy and Alito.
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    The Fred Phelps gang won their case.

    8-1, Alito dissenting.



    Continued: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/02/scotus.westboro.church/index.html?hpt=C1

    And if you want to read the decision...
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    Funny how often that tends to happen as they age, huh? I don't agree with Brennan and Marshall that capital punishment is inherently unconstitutional, but I think Blackmun nailed it when he wrote...
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    Heads up other coasters, in its last segment tonight, 60 Minutes profiles John Paul Stevens, AKA one of our greatest justices (says I). He defends the rulings that gave Guantanamo detainees a right...
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    I'm just a bit of a prude (I couldn't bring myself to type 'social conservative') on these types of issues. Even though I know they'll find access to these types of things regardless, I just don't...
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    You must not play many video games. ;)

    Thanks to Tipper Gore, everything's got a rating these days, including video games. I think that the purpose of this law is to forbid items rated "M" to be...
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    Everything that I read about the long 1994-2005 era of the Rehnquist Court indicates that it was a very amicable environment. Stevens and Souter seem to have bonded as outsiders, Ginsberg and Scalia...
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    That was kind of the story on Sotomayor at the time of her nomination though. No one ever said she was judicial whiz. From what I remember, she was considered an average scholar of the law, but Obama...
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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2010-2011

    I thought I'd share.

    Here is a fantastic lecture by Jeffrey Toobin on the Supreme Court. It's about two years old, but notice that he calls the Souter and Stevens retirements, and accurately...
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    You'll notice this question in the hyperlink I included to Snyder v. Phelps:


    "Does Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell apply to a private person versus another private person concerning a private...
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    Re: Supreme Court Watch 2010-2011

    Here's the Washington Post's take on yesterday's oral argument:



    Full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/06/AR2010100607247_3.html
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    Supreme Court Watch 2010-2011

    Confession: I'm a big Supreme Court buff (Justice John Paul Stevens was like my D.C. hero). And since I know that a lot of TATers like to follow the Beltway scene, I thought it would interesting to...
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