on Feb 15, 2011 at 10:08 am
There are no scheduled events at the Court today, and coverage of the Court during the last week of its winter recess is light.
- Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times reports that the campaign finance advocacy group Common Cause sent a letter to the Court asking for â€œfurther clarificationâ€ regarding a speech that Justice Thomas gave at a Federalist Society retreat in 2008 that was sponsored by the Koch brothers, who are supporters of conservative causes.
- At Balkinization, Michael Greve has an in-depth analysis of the Constitutionâ€™s Compact Clause and the pending cert. petition in S&M Brands v. Caldwell, a case involving a challenge to the Master Settlement Agreement for tobacco litigation.
- In light of a recent letter to the editor in the New York Times that criticized Justice Scaliaâ€™s meeting with the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal asks (and discusses the answer to) a â€œmischievous questionâ€:Â what if Justice Scalia â€œwere to sue for libel?â€