Yesterday’s coverage continued to focus on the Court and gun control.

At Cato@Liberty, Trevor Burrus discusses a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (covered in yesterday’s round-up) striking down an Illinois law which banned the carrying of concealed weapons in public.  Burrus predicts that, “rather than risk the Supreme Court affirming the ruling, Illinois will impose a severely limited permitting system.”  In The New York Times, Adam Liptak also discusses the Seventh Circuit’s decision, describing it as an “exception to the trend” of “vanishingly few” successful challenges to gun laws and gun prosecutions in the wake of District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a gun.  And at The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin discusses the history of the Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment and observes that “[t]he full meaning of the court’s Heller opinion is still up for grabs.”


  • In Forbes, various contributors make predictions regarding the Court’s decisions in the same-sex marriage cases United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, while at MinnPost Beth Hawkins suggests that the Court’s  “recent decision to hear two same-sex marriage cases in its current term is not likely to be the deus ex machina some [Minnesota] legislators are hoping for.”
  • At this blog’s “Scholarship highlight” feature, Justin Driver summarizes The Constitutional Conservatism of the Warren Court, his recent article in the California Law Review.
  • Ed Palattella of the Erie (Pa.) Times-News reports that a Pennsylvania woman who was sentenced for life in prison for the death of a pizza deliveryman is appealing her conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Recommended Citation: Conor McEvily, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 19, 2012, 10:11 AM),