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Friday round-up

The mayor of a Pennsylvania town has already announced that he plans to seek Supreme Court review of yesterday’s decision by the Third Circuit striking down town ordinances that penalize landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and employers who hire them.  The Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the USA Today all have coverage of the decision and the mayor’s announcement.

PrawfsBlawg’s Richard Esenberg reflects on Justice Scalia’s remarks at Marquette University Law School (which Amanda covered in yesterday’s round-up), and the Volokh Conspiracy’s Jonathan Adler reports on Justice Sotomayor’s recent appearance at Case Western Reserve University.


  • In the Opinionator blog of the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse examines what she characterizes as “the mystery of the chief justice’s invisibility” in light of a recent poll which revealed that only twenty-eight percent of participants could identify the current Chief Justice.
  • At Balkinization, Stephen Griffin reviews Justice Breyer’s new book, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View, characterizing it as “Breyer’s summa in 15 chapters.”
  • Alex Pham reports on the upcoming Supreme Court battle between the video-game industry and the California government at the Los Angeles Times, in anticipation of the industry’s merits brief in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, which is scheduled to be filed today.
  • At Bloomberg, Thom Weidlich reports on how two recent Supreme Court decisions, Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, have benefited Wall Street banks by making it more difficult for investors and employees to sue in federal court.  (How Appealing provided the link.)
  • Crime and Consequences remarks on Justice Kagan’s recusal from two upcoming habeas cases, Harrington v. Richter and Premo v. Moore.
  • In the New York Times, Gabriel Nelson of Greenwire reports on an amicus brief filed by twelve states urging the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision allowing polluters to be sued for their contributions to global warming.