Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

SCOTUSblog on camera: Burt Neuborne part four

The Court’s job isn’t to be consistent; it is to decide cases and consider when to throw its institutional weight around. “What could be more political?”

In this six-part series, Burt Neuborne describes the Supreme Court as a necessarily political institution, explains how the Constitution and the Court’s position in our democracy affects our understanding of what the Court and its Justices can and should do, and tells stories of arguing before the Court and individual Justices.  Mr. Neuborne is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School. His long career in academe and civil rights advocacy includes teaching and writing about constitutional law and procedure, numerous oral arguments before and briefs submitted to the Supreme Court, and serving as a principal counsel in lawsuits seeking to recover property unjustly taken from Holocaust victims by Swiss banks and German corporations during the Nazi era.

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