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How The Partisan Gerrymandering Cases Before SCOTUS Are Different This Time

The Supreme Court has for decades avoided addressing partisan gerrymandering, concerned about about meddling too much in the inherently political process of drawing state legislative and congressional districts. Their next chance to weigh in on the issue begins Tuesday, when oral arguments kick off in a trio of interrelated cases arguing that extreme partisan gerrymandering fatally undermines democracy. In 2018, to the deep disappointment of voting rights activists, the court kicked cases from...
Tags: News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Court, Gop, Wisconsin, Gerrymandering, North Carolina, Kennedy, Black, Martin O'malley, Allegra Kirkland, Democratic Party, Roberts, Gil, David Lewis

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Will Include A Full Basket of Easter Eggs

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Godzilla: King of the Monsters will include a full basket of Easter eggs With Kong: Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts made visual allusions and hidden Easter eggs to countless movies. Akira, Oldboy, Taxi Driver, Jurassic Park, Princess Mononoke, Full Metal Jacket, and Cannibal Holocaust are an unlikely assemblage of movies, but each of them is referenced in one way or another in the film. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptS...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Godzilla, Skull Island, Steven Spielberg, Kong, Morty, Rick, Rick Morty, Dougherty, Bradley Whitford, Daugherty, ComingSoon, Movie News, Set Visits, Michael Dougherty

Symposium: Clarity of the record should bring clarity of purpose

Justin Levitt is a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; he runs the website “All About Redistricting.” Partisan gerrymandering is back. There are two cases before the Supreme Court this term: a Democratic gerrymander in Maryland and a Republican gerrymander in North Carolina. The cases are different – and though neither is perfect, the basic problem of partisan political entrenchment is unlikely to be presented more cleanly. The evidentiary record in each case is firmly turned up to 11. ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, City, North Carolina, Kennedy, Cox, Gill, Riviera Beach, Anthony Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Tarheel, Justin Levitt, Larios

Anna Camp Joins NBC’s Church-Choir Comedy Pilot

Anna Camp joins NBC’s church-choir comedy pilot According to TVLine, Pitch Perfect alum Anna Camp has been tapped to star in an upcoming comedy pilot from NBC which focuses on a church-choir. Camp is set portray the role of a waitress and divorced mother Ginny, the de facto director of the choir. The untitled series will also star Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB....
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Symposium: 1 First Street, NE, Punxsutawney, PA

Tyler Green is the solicitor general of Utah. My last contribution to a SCOTUSblog symposium on political gerrymandering used homemade bad theater to depict how a Supreme Court decision setting a standard for political-gerrymandering claims would change life for state legislators and their attorneys. The court dodged this issue in Gill v. Whitford. But the issue has returned this term in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek. These events evoke a seasonally appropriate, classic film — Grou...
Tags: Utah, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Arizona, Davis, Bill Murray, States, Pittsburgh, Gore, Bush, Phil, Punxsutawney, Gill, Heimlich, Sandra Day O'Connor

Symposium: Precedent dictates a win for the plaintiffs in this term’s partisan-gerrymandering cases

Guy-Uriel E. Charles is the Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law at Duke Law School. Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer is Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law. In Lamone v. Benisek, a three-judge federal district court in Maryland concluded that Maryland Democrats intentionally moved 66,000 Republican voters out of Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District in order to ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Green, Tennessee, North Carolina, Edward, Baker, White, Carr, Harvard Law School, Maryland Democrats, Sims, Reynolds

Symposium: Much ado about partisan gerrymandering

Kaylan L. Phillips serves as litigation counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. For more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has struggled to articulate a standard for evaluating partisan-gerrymandering claims. The reason is simple: There is no workable standard. Redistricting is a quintessential lawmaking function, one that the Constitution reserves to the states. Court intervention should be reserved for the most egre...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Shelby County, Gill, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, North Carolina Democratic Party, Whitford, Public Interest Legal Foundation, Rucho, Benisek

Symposium: How to win the partisan gerrymandering cases

Daniel Tokaji is Associate Dean for Faculty and Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. No one said this would be easy. For decades, critics of partisan gerrymandering have been knocking on the U.S. Supreme Court’s door, seeking a ruling that extreme gerrymanders violate the U.S. Constitution. Even as the problem has worsened, the court has refused to open that door – though it hasn’t locked...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Williams, Wisconsin, Courts, Ohio, North Carolina, Kennedy, Anderson, Rhodes, Sonia Sotomayor, U S Supreme Court

Symposium: Why not continue the political struggle in partisan-gerrymandering cases?

Derek Muller is an associate professor of law at the Pepperdine University School of Law. “In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people’s representatives.” So wrote Justice Felix Frankfurter in his dissenting opinion in Baker v. Carr in 1962. It was, of course, a dissent. A majority of the Supreme Court in short order reorganized state legislatures according to its own understanding of fair representation — that...
Tags: Utah, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona, Davis, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Baker, Carr, Democratic

Bradley Whitford-Led Church Choir Comedy Ordered to Pilot at NBC

NBC has ordered a pilot for a single-camera comedy with Bradley Whitford attached to star and executive produce. The now untitled project was formerly known as “All Together Now.” In the series, a rural church choir gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League music professor (Whitford) stumbles through their […]
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Listen: Bradley Whitford on ‘Valley of the Boom,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and the Power of Fiction

Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s senior features editor of TV, Danielle Turchiano, talks with Bradley Whitford, star of “Valley of the Boom,” National Geographic’s limited series about Silicon Valley during the dot-com era.   Whitford had no idea what to expect when he signed on to National Geographic’s “Valley […]
Tags: News, Podcasts, Silicon Valley, National Geographic, Valley, Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid's Tale, Whitford, Valley of the Boom, Danielle Turchiano, TV Take, Power of Fiction, Boom National Geographic

Supreme Court to tackle partisan gerrymandering again

Less than six months after sidestepping a ruling on partisan gerrymandering, the justices announced this afternoon that they will once again wade into the thorny issue of when (if ever) state officials violate the Constitution by drawing district lines to favor one political party at another’s expense, this time in cases from North Carolina and Maryland. With the retirement last summer of Justice Anthony Kennedy and his replacement by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the more conservative court could be...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Pennsylvania, United States, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Antonin Scalia, Howe, William Rehnquist, Stephen Breyer, Gill, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy

Critic’s Pick: ‘Destroyer’ Review: A Very Good Nicole Kidman Plays a Very Bad Woman

In the latest from Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”), a corrupt female cop searches for a killer and possible redemption in the land of sunshine and noir.
Tags: Movies, News, Hay, Bradley, Phil, Nicole, Matt, Karyn, Kidman, Manfredi, Kusama, Karyn Kusama, Tatiana, Maslany, Whitford, Destroyer (Movie

Empirical SCOTUS: Differences between “Obama” and “Trump” judges, while sometimes subtle, can’t be denied

Justices of the Supreme Court rarely give public comments on words or actions of members of the elected branches of the federal government. This made the recent spat between Chief Justice John Roberts and President Donald Trump over the role of partisanship in the federal judiciary all the more surprising and powerful. Although phrased in terse sentences (Trump’s were via Twitter), their words left much to unpack. What began as Trump decrying the decision of an “Obama judge” (a judge appointed b...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Barack Obama, Department Of Defense, Chicago, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, National Labor Relations Board, Clinton, Trump, Bush, Lewis, Morris, John Roberts

Not My Job: Bradley Whitford Of 'The Post' Gets Quizzed On The 'New York Post'

We've invited Whitford to play a game named after a famous headline: "Headless Body In Topless Bar." Originally broadcast Dec. 23, 2017.
Tags: New York Post, News, Whitford

Academic highlight: Hasen on political polarization and the Supreme Court

Common sense tells us that increased political polarization affects the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the political branches, and now legal scholars have the data to prove it. In a forthcoming paper, “Polarization and the Judiciary,” Richard Hasen surveys the academic literature on the subject, and then draws some conclusions of his own. As Hasen explains, the research shows that polarization influences the appointment and confirmation process, along with the cases the court accepts and how it d...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, Wisconsin, John F Kennedy, Smith, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Gallup, Sonia Sotomayor, Antonin Scalia, U S Supreme Court, Paul Smith, Alito

Alexander Milburn Co. v. Davis Bournonville Co., 270 U.S. 390 (1926)

Alexander Milburn Co. v. Davis Bournonville Co., 270 U.S. 390 (1926) Syllabus 1. Where a patent application fully and adequately disclosed, but did not claim, the thing patented to a later applicant alleging a later date of invention, the later applicant was not the “first inventor” within Rev.Stats. § 4920. P. 270 U. S. 399. 2. As regards “reduction to practice,” a description that would bar a patent if printed in a periodical or in an issued patent is equally effective in an application. P. 27...
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Empirical SCOTUS: The wide arc of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court now hears around 70 arguments a term, and each case tends to have issues unique from others on the court’s docket. After the court’s merits docket is assembled each term, however, similarities between cases become apparent and these similarities may present an area of law in which the court is more invested and wants greater resolution. Such areas can be either broad-based or narrow. Last term the court settled multiple issues surrounding the First Amendment. The court resolved...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Samsung, Alabama, Medicare, Robins, Madison, Young, Lexmark, Jennings, Jam, Harrison, Carpenter, Department of Health and Human Services, Ion Geophysical Corp, U S Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal Judges Basically Challenge John Roberts To Come Down And Gerrymander North Carolina Himself

Reconsidering the case in light of Gill v. Whitford, panel decides that plaintiffs still have standing to challenge district map.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Gerrymandering, North Carolina, John Roberts, Gill, Whitford

Friday round-up

At CNN, Lauren Fox and others report that “Senate Democrats are threatening to sue for documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record, the latest escalation in a partisan battle over the court.” Burgess Everett reports at Politico that “[t]he potential lawsuit would come right as Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings begin in early September.” Additional coverage comes from Kevin Daley at The Daily Caller, who calls the threat “one of the few procedural weapons Democrats can use...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Washington, Senate, America, Georgia, Cnn, Republican, National Archives, George W Bush, Trump, Round-up, Lauren Fox, Senate Judiciary Committee

Kavanaugh on the Affordable Care Act: Seven-Sky v. Holder

Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote an interesting dissent in Seven-Sky v. Holder, a 2011 appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit about the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In that case, a panel majority (Judges Laurence Silberman and Harry Edwards) upheld the statute against a constitutional challenge, but Kavanaugh would not have reached the merits. Instead, he would have held that the courts lacke...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, ACA, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Perry, Internal Revenue Service, D C Circuit, U S Court of Appeals, Gill, Kavanaugh, Hollingsworth, National Federation of Independent Business, Sebelius

Tuesday round-up

Yesterday President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the Supreme Court. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage; Mark Walsh provides a “view” from the East Room. Additional coverage comes from Nina Totenberg on NPR’s Morning Edition (podcast), Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal and David Jackson and Richard Wolf of USA Today. Commentary comes from Jessica Mason Pieklo of Rewire.News, who writes that “as in all reality...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, Cnn, United States, Washington Dc, Npr, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump, Round-up, Lyle Denniston, Richard Wolf, Nina Totenberg

Voting rights in Justice Kennedy’s Constitution

Edward B. Foley is the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law and the director of Election Law @ Moritz at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s jurisprudence on voting rights must be understood in the context of his overall constitutional philosophy. While certainly appreciative of the role that democratic elections play as part of the republican form of government established by the Constitution — see, for example, hi...
Tags: Cook, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Hawaii, Citizens United, Coalition, Arizona, Michigan, Republican, Kennedy, Jones, Antonin Scalia, Scalia, Ely

Tuesday round-up

President Donald Trump has said he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court on July 9. As the countdown moves to six days, Robert Costa, Josh Dawsey and Felicia Sonmez report for the Washington Post that Trump “has spoken to at least four contenders,” but remains “coy about his shortlist.” Michael Shear and Maggie Haberman have the story for the New York Times. Ballotpedia presents demographic data about all the names on Trump’s list of 25 possible selections. The Center for Public Integr...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Cbs News, Senate, Court, Nbc News, West Virginia, Indiana, Cnn, Atlantic, United States, North Dakota, South Dakota

SCOTUS for law students: Supreme Court mysteries and the justices’ papers (Corrected)

In the month of June, when the Supreme Court issues dozens of decisions to conclude its term, who would not want to be a fly on the wall inside the conference of the justices trying to understand what compromises were made or why cases came out as they did? Rarely has this been more true than this past month, in which a seemingly large number of the court’s most closely watched cases produced decisions that decided much less than was anticipated by court-watchers and litigants. What is one to do...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, European Union, United States, Harvard University, Wisconsin, Luxembourg, Ohio, Library Of Congress, Corrections, Justice Department, Kennedy, Stanford University

SCOTUS for law students: Supreme Court mysteries and the justices’ papers

In the month of June, when the Supreme Court issues dozens of decisions to conclude its term, who would not want to be a fly on the wall inside the conference of the justices trying to understand what compromises were made or why cases came out as they did? Rarely has this been more true than this past month, in which a seemingly large number of the court’s most closely watched cases produced decisions that decided much less than was anticipated by court-watchers and litigants. What is one to do...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, European Union, United States, Harvard University, Wisconsin, Luxembourg, Ohio, Library Of Congress, Justice Department, Kennedy, Stanford University, Marshall

The Roberts court after Kennedy

[Editor’s Note: In this piece, Eric Citron takes a quick look at five areas of the law influenced by Justice Anthony Kennedy. We will have additional posts that take deeper dives into these and other topics.] At least since the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2006, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been at the center of the Supreme Court’s ideological divide — the median justice most advocates thought they would need to convince to have a chance of prevailing. Of course, it hasn’t always ...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Planned Parenthood, United States, Atkins, Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Wade, John Roberts, Lawrence, Fisher, Roberts, Roe, William Rehnquist

“The Big National Injunction Case: A decision with major implications for the national injunction — not Trump v. Hawaii but Gill v. Whitford.”

“The Big National Injunction Case: A decision with major implications for the national injunction — not Trump v. Hawaii but Gill v. Whitford.” Samuel Bray has this post at “The Volokh Conspiracy.”
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Hawaii, Trump, Gill, Whitford, Whitford Samuel Bray

Court sends battles over services for same-sex couples, North Carolina gerrymandering back to lower courts (Updated)

[This post was updated at 2:43 p.m. to provide more details on, among other things, the cases that the justices granted today.] Three weeks ago, the justices threw out a ruling against a Colorado baker who had refused on religious grounds to make a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple. By a vote of 7-2, the justices ruled that proceedings before the Colorado administrative agency that considered the baker’s case were unfairly tainted by hostility to religion. Shortly after issuing their dec...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, West Virginia, Netflix, Hungary, United States, Social Security, Wisconsin, Sudan, Archer, North Carolina, Social Security Administration

Monday round-up

At CNN, Ariane de Vogue reports that as the justices take the bench this morning for what is likely the last Monday of the term, “[s]ix opinions remain, including on the travel ban, public sector unions and redistricting, and one looming question that could change the future direction of the court: Will there be a retirement?” Steven Mazie takes a quick look at the remaining cases for The Economist’s Espresso blog. Additional coverage of the final lap of the term comes from Lawrence Hurley and A...
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