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What Will the Supreme Court Be Hearing This Term?

As this is the first Monday of October, that means there is a new year beginning for the Supreme Court today. There are numerous, contentious issues before the Court; here is a rundown of the major cases. This posting from NPR should also be perused to gain insights into what could very will be a […]

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Supreme Court Nomination Hearings

This Senate Committee on the Judiciary page has complete transcripts of all the hearings back to 1971 with the notable exception of Robert Bork, who, while nominated, was rejected by the committee; his hearings are here. And while official transcripts are not yet available for the Brett Kavanaugh hearings (that could take a couple of […]

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Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Writings/Opinions

Thanks to this CRS guide, we have online access to many of his publications. And this CRS publication “…provides tabular listings of 306 cases in which Judge Kavanaugh authored a majority, concurring, or dissenting opinions.”

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Recent/Updated CRS Reports on Supreme Court Nominations

If you want to know where the talking heads and wonks get a lot of their information, please look at these reports: President’s Selection of a Nominee for a Supreme Court: An Overview; Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 to 2017: Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President; Supreme Court Appointment Process: President’s Selection […]

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Who’s on President Trump’s List of Supreme Court Candidates?

This piece from The Washington Post provides the answer; the Free Law Project also supplies relevant information.

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Upcoming Cases Before the Supreme Court, October 2017 Term

This October 2017 term appears to be one full of important cases that will resonate down the years: cell phone privacy, district re-mapping, civil rights and free speech, etc. This CRS report –  Supreme Court October Term 2017: A Preview of Select Cases, September 19, 2017 – discusses the importance of four major cases and provides copious […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Special Education Students

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that school districts MUST make sure that those students not integrated into a “regular” classroom environment have opportunities to advance beyond the bare minimal standards of support: “When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing “merely more than de minimis” progress […]

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Live – First Day of Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

The ever-reliable C-SPAN will cover these hearings day by day, gavel to gavel. He is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Where Are We With Judge Gorsuch’s Nomination to the Supreme Court?

Each nominee to the Supreme Court must fill out a questionnaire from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary; here is Judge Gorsuch’s completed form along with supplemental data. Other relevant reports from CRS are: Majority, Concurring, and Dissenting Opinions by Judge Neil M. Gorsuch (with abstracts of cases and citations); The Scalia Vacancy in Historical Context: Frequently Asked […]

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The Opinions of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch

As is pointed out in the CRS publication, Judge Gorsuch has authored more than 800 opinions in his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals. This aforementioned report lists what are considered essential cases he has reviewed and written on, ranging from administrative law to constitutional law; links are provided to the individual cases. A […]

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The Supreme Court Appointment Process

This 2010 CRS report – Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the Presidet, Judiciary Committee, and Senate – spells out the steps in what can be a long, politically-tinged process. Other informative reports from CRS include: Speed of Presidential and Senate Actions on Supreme Court Nominations, 1900-2010; Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789-August 2010; Supreme Court […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of the Affordable Care Act

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.” So ends the opinion of the Supreme Court in King v Burwell; Justice Scalia and two dissenting justices […]

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Video of Oral Arguments Before the NJ Supreme Court in the New Jersey Pension Lawsuit

For those interested in seeing the arguments presented before the New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday, they are available online. Click on May 6, 2015 for viewing; you’ll need Windows Media Player. NJ Spotlight presents a review of the proceedings; a helpful timeline of judicial motions and actions is also online.

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Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Arguments Today at 11am

This very important case, Obergefell v. Hodges, will be heard this morning. SCOTUSblog provides excellent coverage and numerous links; the site will provide live-blogging as the arguments are presented. Transcripts of the oral arguments will be made available later in the day on the court’s website as is its policy for all hearings. An audio version […]

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Recent Supreme Court Decisions

This week, the Supreme Court ruled on various cases brought before it. For those who wish to read the preliminary published text of the opinions, please come to: Shelby County v Holder (Voting Rights Act), Fisher v University of Texas (affirmative action), Hollingsworth v Perry (California same-sex marraige), and United States v Windsor (Defense of Marriage Act). […]

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Transcripts and Audio Files of Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court

All oral arguments before the Supreme Court are now readily available on the Court’s website. You can retrieve both a printed transcript of the arguments as well as audio files. And these are made availavle within 24 hours. For example; the arguments on March 26 dealing with same-sex marriage are already online. SCOTUSblog maintains a […]

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Supreme Court Hearing – Use of Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Today, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas testing the validity of race as a selection criterion for college admission. A full transcript of the arguments will be posted later today; it is “considered official but subject to final review.” Audio versions will be ready on Friday. SCOTUSblog has a running commentary […]

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Supreme Court Upholds the “Affordable Care Act”

Shortly after 10am today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the ACA, stipulating that the mandate for purchasing individual insurance is constitutional as a tax. A great deal of background information is here. C-SPAN has live coverage and SCOTUSblog is providing real-time analysis and commentary. Here is the text of the opinion.

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Arguments Before the Supreme Court on Health Care Reform

While we have no objection to the frenzy surrounding Tim Tebow’s introduction to the New York media today, we would like to point to a more momentous occurrence in Washington, D.C. – the three days’ of oral arguments over health care reform before the Supreme Court. Being as there will be NO electronic recording devices in […]

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NJ Supreme Court Orders Additional $500M to Abbott Districts

In a 3-2 ruling, the Court at 10am today ordered the Christie administration to fund the Abbott school districts with an additional $500M for the next school year; Governor Christie has acceded to the ruling.  The text of the decision is here. News/analyses can be found at: The New York Times, the Bergen Record, The Star-Ledger, […]

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