on Aug 27, 2010 at 10:26 am
This week the Acting Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Tennessee Valley Authority in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, urging the Court to vacate a Second Circuit ruling that would permit lawsuits against greenhouse gas emitters for their contributions to climate change.Â Â The New York Times covered the filing (via Gabriel Nelson of Greenwire), as does the San Francisco Chronicleâ€™s Bob Egelko, the Washington Postâ€™s Steven Mufson, and Stephen Power of the Wall Street Journalâ€™s Washington Wire.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke yesterday at the University of Denver.Â The Justice discussed her path to the Court and last Termâ€™s decision in Berghuis v. Thompkins, a Miranda-rights case in which she filed a dissenting opinion.Â However, Sotomayor declined to weigh in on several hot-button issues, including the recent release of classified documents by the website WikiLeaks, explaining that the case presented a question that is â€œvery likelyâ€ to come before the Court.Â The Huffington Post, the Denver Post, and the Associated Press all cover Sotomayorâ€™s remarks.
- At his eponymous blog, Josh Blackman discusses a recent essay by Richard Albert (covered in Wednesday‘s round-up) regarding the importance of looking to those who inspired and drafted the Fourteenth Amendment, and he links Albertâ€™s argument to a similar argument that Blackman himself has made in the context of the Second Amendment
- The WSJ Law Blogâ€™s Nathan Koppel reports on the decline in the use of the â€œhonest services fraudâ€ law to prosecute white-collar crime following the Courtâ€™s decision limiting the lawâ€™s scope earlier this summer.
- JURIST and the AmLaw Daily both report on Wal-Martâ€™s cert. petition in its gender-discrimination case, which Lyle covered on Wednesday for this blog.
- Finally, at the Opinionator blog of the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse examines McCreary County v. ACLU, a challenge to the posting of the Ten Commandments on a courthouse wall.Â In 2005, the Supreme Court upheld a preliminary injunction ordering the removal of the display, but the case may now return to the Court.