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Court reinstates Oregon ballot-initiative rules

Posted Tue, August 11th, 2020 6:18 pm by Amy Howe For the fifth time this year, the Supreme Court set aside a lower-court order that would have altered state election rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The justices on Tuesday granted an emergency request by the state of Oregon to put on hold a […]

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RNC, Rhode Island Republicans ask justices to intervene in absentee-ballot dispute

Posted Mon, August 10th, 2020 6:17 pm by Amy Howe The Republican National Committee and Rhode Island Republicans asked the Supreme Court on Monday to block an order by a federal district court that relaxed the state’s witness requirement for absentee ballots. The two groups argued that the relief they have requested – putting the […]

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Symposium: Religious freedom and the Roberts court’s doctrinal clean-up

This article is part of a SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clauses. Richard W. Garnett is the Paul J. Schierl / Fort Howard Corporation professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and is the founding director of the school’s Program on Church, State and Society. He wrote or joined amicus briefs […]

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Symposium: The unfolding revolution in the jurisprudence of the religion clauses

This article is part of a SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clauses. Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean and Jesse H. Choper distinguished professor of law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Howard Gillman is the chancellor and a professor of political science and law at University of California, Irvine. Their […]

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Siding with jail officials, court lifts injunction that imposed coronavirus safety measures

Posted Wed, August 5th, 2020 11:57 pm by James Romoser A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday revoked a lower-court order that required a California jail to implement stricter health and safety measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The 5-4 decision to undo the lower court’s injunction is the latest in a series of emergency […]

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Symposium: Amid polarization and chaos, the court charts a path toward peaceful pluralism

This article is part of a SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clauses. Mark Rienzi is president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents parties or amici in many of the cases described below, including Bostock v. Clayton County, Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

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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 […]

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Obamacare back at the court: Julie Rovner joins SCOTUStalk to preview the newest ACA challenge

SCOTUStalk Guest Posted Mon, August 3rd, 2020 10:56 am Posted Mon, August 3rd, 2020 10:56 am by SCOTUStalk The Affordable Care Act will come before the Supreme Court this fall for the seventh time in eight years. Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News and a veteran health policy reporter, joins Amy […]

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Court allows border-wall construction to continue

Posted Fri, July 31st, 2020 6:16 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Friday turned down a plea from opponents of President Donald Trump’s border wall to order a temporary stop to construction. By a vote of 5-4, the justices declined to lift a stay, entered just over a year ago, that allowed the […]

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Ask the author: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and “the loneliness of original work”

“[A] man of high ambitions … must face the loneliness of original work.”— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Brown University Commencement Address (1897) The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Catharine Pierce Wells in connection with her new book, “Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Willing Servant to an Unknown God” (Cambridge University Press, 2020). […]