As Lyle Denniston reported yesterday for this blog, five petitions involving challenges to various aspects of the Affordable Care Act were distributed for the Justices’ November 10 Conference. The Associated Press, Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, and Mike Sacks of the Huffington Post also have coverage.  In other health-care-related news, Reed Abelson – writing for the Prescriptions blog of the New York Times – reports on an amicus brief filed earlier this week by the health insurance industry, which urges the Court to grant review this Term to resolve the “paralyzing uncertainty” that insurers face.


  • At Reason, Damon Root notes that although commentators often hail Justice John Paul Stevens as a liberal icon, “Stevens’ jurisprudence led him in some very illiberal directions” in several First and Fifth Amendment cases.
  • John Flesher of the Associated Press reports on a petition filed yesterday by five Midwestern states, who are asking the Court to review the Seventh Circuit’s decision declining to require an expedited study on how to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi river watersheds.
  • At the website of the Brennan Center for Justice, Sidney Rosdeitcher and William Taylor preview this Term’s second session.
  • Debra Cassens Weiss of the ABA Journal reports on two reviews of The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, a book by the late Harvard law professor William Stuntz.
  • Writing at the On Faith blog of the Washington Post, Lisa Miller challenges Justice Scalia’s assertion that Catholic doctrine does not find the death penalty immoral.
  • Kevin Sack of the New York Times reports on the caseload of former Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, who represents (among others) the state of Arizona in its effort to enforce its immigration laws and a group of states challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

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Recommended Citation: Kiran Bhat, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 27, 2011, 10:09 AM),