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Demonstrators converge outside Supreme Court after Dobbs decision

SCOTUS NEWS By SCOTUSblog on Jun 24, 2022 at 6:33 pm Activists on both sides of the abortion debate gathered outside the Supreme Court on Friday after the court issued its decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Amid an extensive police presence, protests remained largely peaceful as opponents of abortion rights cheered with joy and supporters […]

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The court’s end-of-term workload: A historical perspective

SCOTUS FOCUS By Stephen Wermiel on Jun 10, 2022 at 2:19 pm Close followers of the Supreme Court have puzzled in recent days over what commentators have described as the slow pace of issuing decisions as the justices head into the final weeks of the term. It is true that the justices came into June […]

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Justices earned extra money from books and teaching in 2021, disclosures show

SCOTUS News By Amy Howe on Jun 9, 2022 at 7:08 pm The nine justices. (Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States) Justice Amy Coney Barrett received $425,000 last year as part of a book deal reportedly worth $2 million, while Justice Neil Gorsuch received just over $250,000 in book royalties. […]

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Supreme Court ethics bill advances out of House committee after party-line vote

CONGRESSIONAL NEWS By Ellena Erskine on May 12, 2022 at 3:18 pm A House bill would require the Supreme Court to create a code of conduct and would strengthen recusal and disclosure standards. (Katie Barlow) Recent controversies aside, efforts to pass Supreme Court reform legislation have been in the works for years. Now ethics reform […]

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Republicans call ethics hearing a double-standard; Democrats call for a standard

CONGRESSIONAL NEWS By Ellena Erskine on Apr 28, 2022 at 6:49 pm Justice Clarence Thomas became a central topic of Wednesday’s House panel hearing on Supreme Court ethics reform. (Sherry V. Smith via Shutterstock) On the same day that Congress approved legislation to improve the justices’ financial disclosure transparency, a House panel was caught up […]

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Just say “Bingo!” Or “Dingo!”

A VIEW FROM THE COURTROOM By Mark Walsh on Feb 22, 2022 at 10:18 pm Brant Martin argues on behalf of the Pueblo tribe in Ysleta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas. (Art Lien) A View from the Courtroom is an inside look at oral arguments and opinion announcements unfolding in real time.  As some Supreme Court […]

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Breyer speaks about his approach to judging and the value of diverse experience

SCOTUS NEWS By Ellena Erskine on Feb 17, 2022 at 10:49 pm Justice Stephen Breyer spoke Thursday at the Law Library of Congress. (Library of Congress) Sitting at the edge of his seat on stage at the Law Library of Congress Thursday afternoon, soon-to-be-retired Justice Stephen Breyer was exuberant and humble as ever about his […]

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During arguments over COVID-19 policy, two absent lawyers and more masks on the bench

A VIEW FROM THE COURTROOM By Mark Walsh on Jan 7, 2022 at 9:03 pm A View from the Courtroom is an inside look at significant oral arguments and opinion announcements unfolding in real time.  There are several unusual and noteworthy things about today’s arguments in two cases regarding Biden administration responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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The lives they lived and the court they shaped: Remembering those we lost in 2021

IN MEMORIAM By James Romoser on Dec 31, 2021 at 7:12 pm From left: Neil Sheehan, Sarah Weddington, Karen Hastie Williams, and Steve York. The first Black woman to clerk on the Supreme Court. Two trailblazing civil-rights litigators. The unofficial barber of the justices. The woman who argued Roe v. Wade just a few years […]

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Roberts to Congress on court reforms: We’re on it

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Dec 31, 2021 at 6:00 pm Chief Justice John Roberts asks a question from the bench in March 2020. (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts began his 2021 year-end report, as he so often does, with an anecdote from history to set the stage. But by the end of […]