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Retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor died this morning in Phoenix, Ariz. 


Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

 at 10:23 a.m.

Sandra Day O’Connor, a self-described “Arizona cowgirl” who made history as the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, died on Friday in Phoenix, Arizona. She was 93. The cause was complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease, and a respiratory illness, the Supreme Court announced.

President Ronald Reagan with his Supreme Court nominee Sandra Day O’Connor at the White House in 1981. (White House Photographic Collection via Wikimedia Commons)


Justices divided over SEC’s ability to impose fines in administrative proceedings

 at 7:28 a.m.

The Supreme Court heard argument on Wednesday in a dispute raising constitutional challenges to three distinct longstanding aspects of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s operations. The argument, though, focused on one single challenge – the ability of the SEC to impose fines in administrative proceedings –that seemed to divide the justices sharply.


University bias-response teams and more Munsingwear vacatur

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A regular round-up of “relisted” petitions. This week: a First Amendment challenge to state university bias-response teams, the Biden administration again seeks Munsingwear vacatur of an adverse decision on its COVID-19 vaccination policies, and yet another case involving whether filing deadlines are jurisdictional.


Major OxyContin case headlines December session

 at 1:58 p.m.

The justices will be back in the courtroom on Nov. 27. The seven cases scheduled for the December session include disputes over federal immigration law, taxation, and the power of administrative agencies. On Dec. 4, the justices will hear one of the highest-profile bankruptcy cases in recent memory, a case which stems from thousands of lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.