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Thursday round-up

Mark Walsh has a first-hand look at yesterday’s argument in Flowers v. Mississippi, which asks whether a prosecutor’s repeated use of peremptory challenges to remove black people from the jury pool violated the Constitution, for this blog. At NPR, Nina Totenberg reports that the court “signaled strongly … that it is likely to rule for a death row inmate in Mississippi who was prosecuted six times for the same crime by a prosecutor with a history of racial bias in jury selection.” At The National...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, America, Bloomberg, Indiana, Kansas, Npr, Nielsen, Flowers, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Economist, Round-up, Frank, Garcia


Tuesday round-up

Today the justices will hear oral argument in Cochise Consultancy v. United States, ex rel. Hunt, which asks whether the “discovery” exception to False Claims Act statute of limitations applies to private parties in cases in which the government has not intervened. David Engstrom had this blog’s preview. Lauren Devendorf and Tyler Schmitt preview the case at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Subscript Law provides a graphic explainer. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Court, Bloomberg, Atlantic, Gop, United States, New York Times, Kansas, Beltway, Louisiana, Usa Today, Flowers


Friday round-up

Briefly: At (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports that “[a] gathering to celebrate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 86th birthday Friday afternoon won’t be an ordinary event”: “500 of her enthusiastic followers have decided to follow her lead of physical fitness by dropping to the ground and planking in front of the Supreme Court.” At Law.com, David Ogden weighs in on Flowers v. Mississippi, which asks whether a prosecutor’s repeated use of peremptory cha...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Flowers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Legion, Round-up, U S Supreme Court, Linda Greenhouse, Goldstein Russell, American Humanist Association, Tony Mauro, DAVID OGDEN, Batson


Wednesday round-up

At The George Washington Law Review’s On the Docket blog, Ralph Steinhardt discusses Jam v. International Finance Corporation, in which the court held that international organizations have the same immunity from lawsuits that foreign countries currently have and can therefore be sued in U.S. courts for their commercial activities, suggesting that the case “may be understood as a continuation of the effort to hold intergovernmental organizations accountable for violations of international law, wi...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, New York City, America, New York Times, American Legion, Round-up, Lyle Denniston, International Finance Corporation, Jam, Adam Feldman, Department of Commerce, Brunetti, Bladensburg, Goldstein Russell


Thursday round-up

Briefly: For The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports that “a group of hip-hop stars, including Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Killer Mike, Yo Gotti, Fat Joe and 21 Savage,” filed a brief yesterday “urg[ing] the Supreme Court to hear their fellow rapper’s First Amendment challenge to his conviction” “for threatening police officers — in a song.” At SCOTUS OA, Tonja Jacobi and Matthew Sag predict a 6-3 win for the proponents of the Peace Cross in The American Legion v. American Humanist Associatio...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Indiana, Atlantic, Liberty, New York Times, Davis, Chevron, Round-up, Thomas, International Finance Corporation, Adam Liptak, Jam, Loos, Stephen Breyer, Breyer


Wednesday round-up

At The Daily Caller, Kevin Daley reports that “Christian baker Jack Phillips and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission … have resolved a legal dispute that set Phillips’ religious beliefs against the state’s public accommodations law”; the settlement “provides that the Commission will close an ongoing anti-discrimination probe of Phillips’s Masterpiece Cakeshop,” the subject of a high-profile Supreme Court case last term, “if Phillips withdraws a federal lawsuit alleging state officials were subj...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, America, United States, New Jersey, Commission, North Carolina, Chevron, Economist, American Legion, Round-up, Copyright Office, Mark Joseph Stern, Phillips, International Finance Corporation


Monday round-up

Steven Mazie reports at The Economist that the oral argument last week in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, an establishment clause challenge to a World War I memorial shaped like a cross on public property, “added credence to the widespread hunch that the Supreme Court will save the Peace Cross[:] The question is how bold the justices will be.” At his eponymous blog, Ed Mannino notes that several justices expressed disapproval of “the highly-criticized three-part test set fo...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, America, West Virginia, Cnn, Npr, Lemon, American Legion, Round-up, John Roberts, The Supreme Court, Roberts, International Finance Corporation, Nina Totenberg, Jam


SCOTUStalk: Justices confront constitutional “hot mess” in Peace Cross case

We are delighted to introduce the first episode of our new podcast, SCOTUStalk. Hosted by SCOTUSblog contributors, the podcast will take a “plain English” look at events and topics relating to the Supreme Court. This week, NPR’s Nina Totenberg joins Amy Howe, of Howe on the Court, for a look back at Wednesday’s oral argument in American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the challenge to the constitutionality of a 40-foot-tall, 93-year-old cross that stands on a traffic median in the Washi...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Court, Npr, American Legion, Howe, Nina Totenberg, Amy Howe, American Humanist Association


The Scandal of the Peace Cross: Secularists Take Aim at a Monument

Does the simple existence of a large, concrete cross on public land that honors veterans from World War I violate the United States Constitution? The Supreme Court took up that question during the oral arguments of The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. The issues at stake, like the monument itself, loom large over the landscape. The case centers on the memorial Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, and it is one of the most important cases to appear before the Supreme Court on re...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Congress, Court, Articles, America, Blog, Blogging, United States, New York Times, Npr, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Lemon, US supreme court, Jesus Christ


Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts

Oyez has posted the aligned audio and transcripts from this week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. The court heard argument this week in: Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck United States v. Haymond Mont v. United States The American Legion v. American Humanist Association   The post Now available on Oyez: This week’s oral argument audio aligned with the transcripts appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, American Humanist Association, Oyez, Merits Cases, Manhattan Community Access Corp, Halleck United States, Haymond Mont, United States The American Legion


Constitutional law roundup

You don’t need to be a religious believer to think the Supreme Court should uphold the continued display of the Bladensburg war memorial cross [George Will/syndicated, ] Cato filed a brief in the case [Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Patrick Moran, and Michael Finch on The American Legion v. American Humanist Association] “The Second Amendment In The New Supreme Court” [Federalist Society conference with Renee Lerner, Stephen Halbrook, Mark W. Smith, and others; Halbrook on the Court’s decision...
Tags: Taxes, Guns, Supreme Court, Law, Oregon, Court, Uncategorized, Constitutional Law, Religious Liberty, Eugene Volokh, George Will, Bladensburg, O'Keeffe, American Humanist Association, The American Legion, Ilya Shapiro


Friday round-up

At Take Care, Nelson Tebbe and Micah Schwartzman worry that “some liberal justices might refuse to call out th[e] egregious violation of Establishment Clause principles in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, a challenge to a World War I memorial shaped like a cross on public property, “[i]n an effort to gain concessions or to limit the possible damage that this case might do to decades of Establishment Clause precedent.” Additional commentary comes from Andrew Seidel at Rewire....
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Oregon, Politico, Court, Alabama, Los Angeles, Bloomberg, United States, Idaho, Ford, Liberty, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madison


Thursday round-up

Amy Howe covers yesterday’s oral argument in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, an establishment clause challenge to a World War I memorial shaped like a cross on public property, for this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court. For The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports that the court “seemed ready … to allow a 40-foot cross honoring soldiers who died in World War I to remain in place on public land in Maryland.” For , Jess Bravin reports that the “justice...
Tags: Usa, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, India, Alabama, America, Bloomberg, Cnn, Atlantic, United States, Idaho, New York Times, Houston


Argument analysis: Peace cross appears safe, if not stable

For nearly a century, a 40-foot-tall stone and concrete cross has stood on a traffic median in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, just a few miles from the Supreme Court. But seven years ago, a group of local residents filed a lawsuit seeking to have the cross removed. They argue that the presence of the cross on public land violates the Constitution, which bars the government from establishing an official religion and favoring one religion over another. The state of Maryland, which owns and maintai...
Tags: New York, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Greece, Law, Washington, David, United States, Wall, Lemon, Gettysburg, Miller, American Legion, George Washington, Sonia Sotomayor


Argument transcript

The transcript of oral argument in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association is available on the Supreme Court’s website.   The post Argument transcript appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, American Legion, American Humanist Association, Merits Cases


Wednesday round-up

Today the justices close out the February session with an argument in the most notable case of the term so far, The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, an establishment clause challenge to a World War I memorial shaped like a cross on public property. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview. Lauren Devendorf and Tyler Schmitt preview the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Subscript Law has a graphic explainer. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, America, Cnn, United States, Fox News, Npr, Economist, ABA Journal, American Legion, Round-up, Mark Joseph Stern, Howe, Nina Totenberg, Lambert


Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of World War I Memorial Cross On Public Land

The American Humanist Association is challenging the existence of a 40-foot cross on government-owned land, but the Trump administration hopes a newly conservative majority will agree to let it stand.
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Trump, American Humanist Association


High court’s cross case could affect monuments nationally

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 40-foot-tall, concrete cross on public land in a Maryland suburb of Washington is at the center of a case before the Supreme Court. But similar monuments elsewhere in the country could be affected by the high court ruling, states have told the justices. The District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association, which […]
Tags: News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Washington, Ap, Nation, American Humanist Association, The District of Columbia


Tuesday round-up

This morning the justices will hear oral argument in two criminal cases, both involving federal supervised release. First up is United States v. Haymond, a constitutional challenge to a statutory provision that requires judges to impose additional prison time on sex offenders who violate the terms of their supervised release. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. Matt Farnum and Trevor O’Bryan preview the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Inst...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington Post, Ap, United States, New York Times, Fox News, Jackson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wall Street Journal, Cornell, Hyatt, American Legion, Round-up, National Review


Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court kicks off the second week of the February sitting with an oral argument in Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, which asks whether a private operator of a public-access TV channel is a “state actor” who can be sued for violations of the First Amendment. Amy Howe had this blog’s preview, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. Lauren Kloss and Nayanthika Ramakrishnan preview the case for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. At Fox News, Cal...
Tags: Minnesota, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Court, Ford, New York Times, Cosby, American Legion, Round-up, Reuters, Thomas, Lawrence Hurley, Howe, Kenneth Jost, Jost


High court deciding fate of cross-shaped Maryland memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court this week is hearing a case challenging the location of a nearly 100-year-old, cross-shaped Maryland war memorial. Three area residents and the District of Columbia-based American Humanist Association argue the cross’ location on public land violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause. The clause prohibits the government from favoring one […]
Tags: News, Maryland, Washington, Ap, Nation, District Of Columbia, The Supreme Court, American Humanist Association


This week at the court

The Supreme Court will release orders from the February 22 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m.; John Elwood’s Relist Watch compiles the petitions that were relisted for this conference. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Monday, the justices hear oral argument in Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck. On Tuesday, the justices hear oral argument in United States v. Haymond and Mont v. United States. On Wednesday, the justices hear oral argument in The American Leg...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, American Legion, American Humanist Association, This Week at the Court, John Elwood, Mont, Halleck, Haymond, Manhattan Community Access Corp


Argument preview: Justices to consider constitutionality of cross-shaped war memorial on public land

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post ran on December 10, 2018,, as an introduction to this blog’s symposium on The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, as well as at Howe on the Court, where it was originally published. Over the years, the Supreme Court has sometimes struggled to explain when and why religious symbols are permitted in the public sphere and when they are not. Next Wednesday, the justices will hear oral argument in a dispute over the constitutionality of a...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Court, Atlanta, Christian, Lemon, American Legion, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Arlington National Cemetery, Perry, Howe


Thursday round-up

Yesterday the court issued two opinions from the December argument session. In Timbs v. Indiana, the court ruled unanimously that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to states and localities under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. Amy Howe has this blog’s opinion analysis, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr reports that “[t]he ruling limits what critics say is an increasingly common and abusive government practice of using fines and ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, America, West Virginia, Indiana, New York Times, Usa Today, Los Angeles Times, Round-up, Thomas, Lyle Denniston, Howe, Jess Bravin, Richard Wolf, Greg Stohr


A legal test for the Bladensburg Peace Cross

A legal test for the Bladensburg Peace Cross In 1919 the political landscape of Europe had been drastically rearranged, the United States had emerged from relative isolation onto the world scene, and the western world was in shock at the unprecedented scale of the carnage that the Great War had left in its wake.  Amid the victory celebrations in the United States, a group of mothers in Prince George’s County, Maryland, organized a community effort to erect ...
Tags: Europe, Maryland, Supreme Court, Washington, Religion, Court, United States, Lemon, American Legion, Bladensburg, American Humanist Association, Kelo, Kurtzman, First Liberty Institute, City of New London, Prince George 's County Maryland


Wednesday round-up

This morning, in Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology LLC, the justices will consider whether a trademark licensee retains any rights under a licensing agreement when the licensor goes bankrupt. Ronald Mann previewed the case for this blog. Cecelia Bruni and Brady Plastaras have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Yesterday the court released additional orders from Friday’s conference, adding an important Clean Water Act case to their docket for next term and in...
Tags: Texas, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Court, Cnn, Atlantic, New York Times, Epa, Flowers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American Legion, Trump, Round-up


Tuesday round-up

This morning the justices will return from a four-week break to hear oral argument in Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service, in which they will consider whether the federal government can challenge patents under the America Invents Act. Ronald Mann previewed the case for this blog. Garion Liberti and Tayler Woelcke have a preview at Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Subscript Law offers a graphic explainer for the case. First Mondays (podcast) previews both of this wee...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, America, Georgia, Atlantic, Ford, New York Times, Npr, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Economist, Trump, Round-up, United States Postal Service


Thursday round-up

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse writes that Chief Justice John Roberts’ vote last week in June Medical Services v. Gee to temporarily block a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals was not surprising, because “circumstances compelled the chief justice to stand up to a stunning act of judicial defiance” by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. At Take Care, Brianne Gorod and Rebecca Damante argue that “wha...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Alabama, Ap, Fox News, Louisiana, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ray, Round-up, Mark Sherman, U S Supreme Court, John Roberts, George Barna, Roberts, U S Court of Appeals


Harvard Humanists troll the elites who fund the Harvard endowment by awarding Anand Giridharadas a prize

Anand Giridharadas (previously) is the Aspen Fellow/McKinsey consultant turned anticapitalist gadfly whose brilliant book Winners Take All exposes the "philanthrophy" of the ultra-rich as a form of reputation-laundering with the side benefit of allowing some of history's greatest monsters to look at themselves in the mirror. Enter Harvard University, whose graduates constitute some of the world's richest, most sociopathic, most generous donors to any university -- the Harvard endowment was ...
Tags: Post, News, Education, Harvard, Thomas Piketty, Class War, Trolling, Mckinsey, HBS, Harvard Business School, American Humanist Association, Hks, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Anand Giridharadas, Guillotine Watch, Giridharadas


Thursday round-up

For this blog, in a post that first appeared at Howe on the Court, Amy Howe analyzes yesterday’s oral argument in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair, a challenge to Tennessee’s durational residency requirements for liquor licensing. For The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that “Supreme Court justices indicated … that they thought Tennessee’s tough residency requirements for those who want to run liquor stores have more to do with protecting in-state economic interests...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Court, Bloomberg, United States, Tennessee, Medicare, Jackson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Washington Post, Trump, Round-up, Reuters, U S Supreme Court