Friday round-up

At his eponymous blog, Lyle Denniston looks at the factors that may underlie the Supreme Court’s one-sentence order on Wednesday denying a request to expedite review of a partisan-gerrymandering case from Maryland, Benisek v. Lamone. Additional coverage of the court’s order in Benisek comes from Steve Lash in The Daily Record.

In an op-ed at Bloomberg View, Noah Feldman discusses Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which asks whether the First Amendment prevents a state from requiring a baker to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, maintaining that “it would be a fundamental mistake for the court to hold that the baker’s artistry exempts them from anti-discrimination law.” At his eponymous blog, Ed Mannino suggests some approaches that would enable the court to “craft[] a narrow opinion which will garner the greatest number of justices [to] join it,” while at Casetext, David Boyle looks for a “‘compromise’ solution to the Masterpiece problem.” The editorial board of The Washington Post also weighs in on the case, arguing that “there is little reason to believe that wedding guests would attribute to the cake baker an endorsement of the festivities as a whole — or that a reasonable guest might believe that of the baker rather than of the wedding hairdresser, the caterer or the hotel providing the venue.”


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