Wednesday round-up

For the Associated Press, Kate Brumback reports that “[t]he U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution Tuesday night for a Georgia inmate whose attorneys argue that the 59-year-old black man’s death sentence was tainted by a juror’s racial bias.” At Reuters, David Beasley reports that “Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch opposed the stay.” Additional coverage comes from Dakin Andone and Emmanuella Grinberg at CNN.

At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr notes that the Supreme Court’s high-profile partisan-gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford, “may turn on whether the challengers can convince [Justice Anthony] Kennedy that a manageable standard exists to outlaw extreme gerrymanders without calling into question more modest uses of political power.” Additional coverage of Gill comes from Mark Sherman and Scott Bauer at the Associated Press, who report that although “[c]ourts have struck down racially discriminatory maps for decades,” “[t]he Supreme Court has never struck down a districting plan because it was too political.”

At, Tony Mauro reports that “[w]ithout fanfare, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington has featured U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a new display about the court alongside the late justice Thurgood Marshall.” At The Washington Times, Bradford Richardson reports that “Justice Thomas’ [previous] apparent omission [had] irked conservative observers, who suspected an ideological bias among Smithsonian officials and called for the influential jurist’s inclusion in the museum.”


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