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Court names military attorney as second-ever female marshal

Col. Gail Curley, an attorney in the U.S. Army who has advised military leaders on national security law, will be the Supreme Court’s new marshal, the court announced on Monday. Curley succeeds Pamela Talkin, the first woman to serve as marshal, who retired last year after 19 years on the job. Curley, who will begin her new position on June 21, comes to the court 30 years after graduating from West Point with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She received her law degree from the Univers...
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Whitehouse alleges “demonstrably false” fact-finding by conservative justices

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse continued his effort this week to highlight what he views as problematic behavior by the Supreme Court. As chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on federal courts, the Democratic senator from Rhode Island alleged in a hearing on Tuesday that Republican-appointed justices on the court violated the general principle against appellate fact-finding in two of the most high-profile and hotly debated rulings issued by the Roberts court: Citizens United v. Feder...
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Bill to enlarge the Supreme Court faces dim prospects in Congress

Four congressional Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court from nine to 13, but party leaders in both the House and Senate immediately threw cold water on the plan. Expanding the size of the court – once a fringe idea – has become a rallying cry for many liberal Democrats who remain angry about how Republicans handled Supreme Court nominations in 2016 and 2020. Under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate refused to give a confirmation h...
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Biden to create bipartisan commission on Supreme Court reform

President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to create a commission to study potential reforms to the Supreme Court, the White House announced on Friday. The announcement fulfilled a campaign promise by the president, who last fall proposed the idea of a commission after he declined to endorse efforts by liberals to expand the Supreme Court – efforts that Justice Stephen Breyer criticized in a speech on Tuesday at Harvard Law School. In its statement, the White House indicated that the com...
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In Harvard speech, Breyer speaks out against “court packing”

Emphasizing that the Supreme Court’s authority hinges on the public’s trust in the court, Justice Stephen Breyer used a speech on Tuesday at Harvard Law School to argue against efforts to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court. The 82-year-old Breyer contended that public trust in the court rests in the public’s perception that “the court is guided by legal principle, not politics” and would therefore be eroded if the court’s structure were changed in response to concerns about the inf...
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In Paulina v. Leontes, Breyer presides over a trial inspired by the Bard

“So I just want to say I’m actually a bear, and I’m not a lawyer,” pronounced Andrew Weissmann, counsel for petitioner Paulina, in a bear filter on Zoom (or, perhaps, pronounced a bear in an Andrew Weissmann filter). That’s how oral argument started Thursday night... The post In Paulina v. Leontes, Breyer presides over a trial inspired by the Bard appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Senate Judiciary holds hearing on “dark money” and Supreme Court

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has been talking about anonymous political donations and the Supreme Court for a long time. Now, Whitehouse is using his new position as the chair of a key Senate subcommittee to bring more attention to the issue. The senator on Wednesday held... The post Senate Judiciary holds hearing on “dark money” and Supreme Court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Lawmakers consider nudging Supreme Court toward more transparency on the shadow docket

Democrats and Republicans on a House panel agreed Thursday that the Supreme Court should be more transparent when it issues significant rulings on its so-called shadow docket, and some lawmakers floated the possibility of legislation to force the justices to disclose their votes in such... The post Lawmakers consider nudging Supreme Court toward more transparency on the shadow docket appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Debate over court packing continues

Packing the Supreme Court, or increasing the number of justices on its bench, has been rare in American history. Certainly the majority party has traditionally viewed it as risky: Change the size of the court now, only to have members of the opposing party do... The post Debate over court packing continues appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Trump’s legal positions will test Biden’s acting solicitor general

“We didn’t change position in a single case. Not one.” That was the determination of Neal Katyal when he took the helm of the Office of the Solicitor General on the first days of President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009. The solicitor general’s office is... The post Trump’s legal positions will test Biden’s acting solicitor general appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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With Democrats in control, Supreme Court reform proposals reclaim center stage

In the immediate aftermath of the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last October, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden promised, if elected, to create a bipartisan commission to study court reform proposals. The announcement was a nod to Democratic voters angered by... The post With Democrats in control, Supreme Court reform proposals reclaim center stage appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Roberts will not preside over impeachment trial

When the Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins next month, one familiar face from Trump’s first impeachment won’t be there: Chief Justice John Roberts. Instead, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who serves as the president pro tempore of the Senate, will preside over... The post Roberts will not preside over impeachment trial appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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Justices are “in the process” of getting COVID vaccines; some have received both doses

Some Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and the court says plans are in place for all nine justices to become fully vaccinated. Kathy Arberg, a spokesperson for the court, declined to say how many justices (or which ones) have not yet received both doses. She confirmed, however, that Roberts is among a group of “some” justices who have been given both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which requires two shots adm...
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In year-end report, Roberts praises “unsung heroes” of the pandemic

Chief Justice John Roberts issued his annual year-end report on Thursday, and the theme – perhaps unsurprisingly – was the coronavirus pandemic. Roberts paid tribute to everyone in the federal court system and the federal government who allowed the courts to carry out their work safely, but he singled out what he called the “‘first to fight’ in the judicial family – the trial courts and their staff.” Roberts began his report, as he often does, with a historical reference: the outbreak of influen...
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At Federalist Society convention, Alito says religious liberty, gun ownership are under attack

Justice Samuel Alito told the Federalist Society on Thursday night that two constitutional protections – the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion, and the Second Amendment right to bear arms – are rapidly becoming “second-class” liberties. Alito’s keynote address at the group’s 2020 National Convention was the first public appearance by a Supreme Court justice (aside from the court’s telephonic oral arguments) since the election. Speaking to a virtual audience over video, Alito beg...
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Justices to continue remote arguments through the end of the year

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would continue to hear oral argument by telephone for the rest of the calendar year. In a press release from the court’s Public Information Office, the court indicated that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the justices and lawyers will participate in the arguments scheduled for the November and December arguments sessions remotely, with live audio available to the public. The announcement comes two days after the court finished the first week o...
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House Democrats to introduce new bill for Supreme Court term limits

With the debate over Supreme Court reform taking center stage in the 2020 election after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, three members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday will introduce a bill to establish term limits for Supreme Court justices. Democrats Ro Khanna (Calif.), Don Beyer (Va.) and Joe Kennedy III (Mass.) unveiled the bill, the Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act, on Friday. If passed, the act would institute regular appointments to the Supreme ...
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer who fought for gender equality as a lawyer and became a beloved hero of the progressive movement as a justice, died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer. When she was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a reserved and relatively unknown court of appeals judge, but during the course of her 27 years on the court she became an improbable pop-culture icon, inspiring everything from an Oscar-nominated documentary film to her own action ...
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Breyer’s Constitution Day message: Participate

Justice Stephen Breyer kicked off Constitution Day on Thursday morning by urging law students to fulfill the Constitution’s promise through civic participation. Breyer sat down with George Washington University Law School students via Facebook Live in a discussion moderated by GW Law Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew and Associate Dean Alan Morrison. Just one day after the Supreme Court announced it would hold October oral arguments remotely, Breyer said that a “plus” of the new system is that it encoura...
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Gorsuch, speaking to students on Constitution Day, honors Ginsburg

Justice Neil Gorsuch praised Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s four decades of service as a judge, telling schoolchildren across America on Thursday to “think about the sacrifices she’s made on our behalf. We owe her a very great deal.” Gorsuch’s comments came during a “Virtual Student Town Hall” hosted by the National Constitution Center. The event, streamed by classrooms in schools around the country, was part of a long line of festivities by the center to celebrate Constitution Day. The day’s eve...
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Justices release December calendar

The Supreme Court on Wednesday released the calendar for the December argument session, which will include the clash between the Department of Justice and the House Judiciary Committee over the committee’s efforts to obtain secret materials from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Over six days between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9, the court will hear 10 hours of oral argument in 12 cases. The justices will hear Department of Justice v. House Committee on the Judiciary on Dec. 2; one week...
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Justices to hear October arguments by phone

The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it will start its new term in October by hearing oral arguments the same way that it did at the end of its previous term: remotely, with the justices and lawyers participating by telephone as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the public will once again be able to listen to oral arguments live, through a feed provided by the court to the media and then made available by the media to the public. The announcement by the court’s Public Inf...
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Experts tout proposals for Supreme Court term limits

Term limits for Supreme Court justices, once a fringe idea, have seemingly entered the political and academic mainstream. Recently, both the conservative Federalist Society and the liberal American Constitution Society have hosted events and published scholarship on the question. The Center for American Progress joined the conversation on Tuesday with a virtual discussion of recent term limit proposals, their constitutionality and what it would take to enact them. Kicking off the webinar, CAP ...
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Ginsburg announces new cancer treatment

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday that she began treatment earlier this year for liver cancer. The 87-year-old justice, who has battled cancer on four previous occasions, indicated that chemotherapy is “yielding positive results,” and she emphasized that she remains “fully able” to do her job. In , Ginsburg revealed that a scan in February, which was followed by a biopsy, had revealed lesions on her liver. Although immunotherapy was not successful, Ginsburg said, she began chemothera...
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Ginsburg hospitalized for possible infection (updated)

Update, July 15: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital a day after being admitted for a possible infection, a Supreme Court spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon. “She is home and doing well,” the spokesperson said. The original post is below the jump: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted Tuesday morning to a Baltimore hospital “for treatment of a possible infection” and will remain there for a few days so that she can receive intravenous antibiotic treatment, t...
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Court releases October calendar

Today the Supreme Court released its calendar for the October argument session, which begins on Monday, Oct. 5, and continues through Wednesday, Oct. 14. The justices will hear 10 hours of oral argument over five days; they will not hear argument on Monday, Oct. 12, which is a federal holiday. All of the cases scheduled for argument in October had originally been scheduled for oral argument in March or April of this year but were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shift of the sprin...
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Solicitor General Noel Francisco announces departure from DOJ

After just under three years (and three Supreme Court terms) on the job, Noel Francisco announced today that he would step down as the solicitor general of the United States, effective July 3, 2020. In a to President Donald Trump, Francisco wrote that he planned “to return to the private sector and spend more time with” his family. In a statement, Attorney General William Barr described Francisco as a “principled and persuasive advocate” who “has represented the United States superbly before t...
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Sotomayor blocks Ohio prisoner release plan for now

Last week the Supreme Court rejected a request by the federal government to temporarily block an order that could have required the release or transfer of over 800 inmates from a federal prison in Ohio where nine inmates have died from COVID-19. But the court’s ruling suggested that it was largely based on procedural grounds, because the government had not appealed the lower court’s most recent order. On Monday the government returned to the Supreme Court. This time the government asked the just...
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Court declines to lift restrictions on crowds at church services

Last night the Supreme Court declined to intervene in challenges by churches in southern California and the Chicago area to stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The churches had asked the justices earlier this week to lift restrictions on crowds in time for them to hold services on Sunday, when Christians celebrate the holy day of Pentecost. But the justices turned them down. The court issued only a terse order in the Illinois case that referred to the new guidance issu...
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Court declines to lift restrictions on crowds at church services (UPDATED)

Last night the Supreme Court declined to intervene in challenges by churches in southern California and the Chicago area to stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The churches had asked the justices earlier this week to lift restrictions on crowds in time for them to hold services on Sunday, when Christians celebrate the holy day of Pentecost. But the justices turned them down. The court issued only a terse order in the Illinois case that referred to the new guidance issu...
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