on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:29 am
The Washington PostÂ measures reactions to the Courtâ€™s opinion staying the plan to broadcast coverage of the Prop 8 trial, which â€œis being scoured by legal analysts and activities for deeper meaning.â€
Justice Kennedy receives attentionÂ on the Cato Instituteâ€™s blog, where Ilya ShapiroÂ discusses Helen Knowlesâ€™s bookÂ The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty.Â Knowles posits that Kennedy, whom many perceive to be a â€œswing vote,â€ has a â€œmodestly libertarianâ€ jurisprudence.Â Shapiro, whoÂ reviews the book in the most recent issue of theÂ Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, concurs in part:Â he suggests that Kennedyâ€™s libertarianism is limited to only a few areas of the law, such as free speech, equal protection, and individual liberty.
TheÂ Blog of Legal Times has aÂ post onÂ the star power of the advocates inÂ Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, in which the Court will consider whether a public university may deny funding to an organization, in this case a Christian group, which requires that its officers agree with the groupsâ€™ religious viewpoint.Â Michael McConnell, a former federal appellate judge, will represent the Christian Legal Society, while former Solicitor General Gregory Garre will represent Hastings.
Finally, Rick Hasen at the Election Law BlogÂ comments onÂ Doe v. Reed, a case onÂ SCOTUSblog’s â€œPetitions to Watchâ€ list.Â Hasen points out that the Court has already demonstrated an awareness of the case, imposing a stay pending a decision on the cert. request.Â Further, he observes, the case presents issues similar to those presented byCitizens United v. FEC andÂ Perry v. Schwarzenegger.