on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:12 am
Even though today marks the end of a relatively quiet week at the Court, commentary regarding the upcoming Senate vote on Elena Kaganâ€™s confirmation continues.Â The New York Timesâ€™ â€œCaucusâ€ blog yesterday published a graphic with the expected votes of Republican Senators (as well as their votes on Kaganâ€™s confirmation as Solicitor General and on Justice Sotomayorâ€™s confirmation last summer), while TIMEâ€™s â€œSwamplandâ€ blog covers continuing GOP opposition to Kaganâ€™s candidacy.Â TIME, Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog, and Gary Marx of the National Review Onlineâ€™s Bench Memos blog also note (as discussed in yesterdayâ€™s round-up) that John McCain has publicly declared his intention to vote against Kagan.Â USA Todayâ€™s Kathy Keily tallies the votes and notes that the GOP Senators who voted to confirm Justice Sonia Sotomayor last year have not yet announced how they plan to vote on Kaganâ€™s nomination.Â In the Los Angeles Times, Amanda Frost (also a regular SCOTUSblog contributor) discusses Kaganâ€™s enthusiastic endorsement of cameras in the courtroom during an exchange with Senators.Â In an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor, John Paul Rollert looks back at last weekâ€™s hearings and concludes that, at the hearings, â€œThurgood Marshall became the unlikely bridge between empathy, activist judging, and [Elena] Kagan.â€
Pennsylvaniaâ€™s York Daily Record has coverage of the respondentsâ€™ brief, filed on Wednesday, in Snyder v. Phelps, the free speech that will likely be argued early in the Courtâ€™s 2010 Term.Â In a piece at U.S. News & World Report, William & Mary law professor Timothy Zick also addresses Snyder, arguing that, although the speech at issue in the case is repugnant, â€œthe stakes are much higherâ€ than the dignity of the offended parties or the fate of the speakers.
Yesterdayâ€™s Washington Post contains an obituary for Barrett McGurn, the former public information officer at the Court, who died last week at the age of 95.Â The BLT reports on Mr. McGurnâ€™s passing as well, recalling his â€œimpish smile and eyebrows that had a life of their own,â€ and remarking on his â€œquirky but valuableâ€ 1997 memoir, â€œAmericaâ€™s Court.â€
- At First One @ One First, Mike Sacks reports on yesterdayâ€™s district court ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, speculating on the possibility that the case will come before the Supreme Court in the near future.
- JURIST has coverage of the partially redacted decision issued by the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday in the case of Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah, who had sought habeas corpus relief of his detention at Guantanamo Bay.Â
- Rick Hasen looks back at the Courtâ€™s Citizens United ruling at Election Law Blog, wondering why the case was not decided 9-0, with five Justices deciding in favor of the petitioners and constitutional grounds, and the other four finding in their favor on statutory grounds.
- Concurring Opinions has an interview with Mike Sacks, the publisher of the blog First One @ One First, who tried to be first in line for every major Supreme Court argument during the 2009 Term.Â The interview addresses Sacksâ€™ insights into the Term, as well as his thoughts on legal journalism â€“ and his â€œtrade secretsâ€ for getting prime seats at oral argument.
- Finally, the New York Daily News reports that, on a recent trip to New York, Justice Sotomayor divulged the name of the best Chinese restaurant in the city (Joeâ€™s Shanghai) â€“ but refused, unfortunately, to offer an opinion on Lindsay Lohanâ€™s recent legal woes.