on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:29 am
Here is todayâ€™s Court coverage, in brief:
- In his op-ed in yesterdayâ€™s New York Times â€“ which James covered in yesterdayâ€™s round-up â€“ Laurence Tribe argued that the Courtâ€™s eventual vote on the constitutionality of the health-care law should not be a close one.Â His argument generated a number of responses in the blogosphere: Jonathan Adler of the Volokh Conspiracy, Ann Althouse (and here and here), ACSblog, NPRâ€™s Itâ€™s All Politics blog, Aaron Worthing of Pattericoâ€™s Pontifications, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal, Tom Scocca of Slate, and Beverly Mann of Business Insider all weigh in. Jacob Sullum of Reason also discusses the health-care challenge and the Court, with a focus on how Justice Kennedy might vote.
- Lawrence Hurley of ClimateWire (via the New York Times) and the New York Timesâ€™s Green blog discuss an amicus brief filed Monday by three Republican lawmakers in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. The brief supports the Obama administrationâ€™s position that federal common law (specifically, public nuisance suits) should not be used to police greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, Legal Newsline reports on an amicus brief filed by twenty-three state attorneys general in the case, which will be argued on April 19, as well as on a cert. petition (also involving the public nuisance issue) recently filed by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper against the Tennessee Valley Authority.
- In an â€œOpinion Journal Liveâ€ video segment at the Wall Street Journalâ€™s Web site, James Taranto defends Justices Scalia and Thomas against criticism by the New York Times, whose editorial board recently alleged that those Justices are â€œpushing the line between law and politics.â€
- The Washington Post reports that in the wake of District of Columbia v. Heller, which ended the Districtâ€™s handgun ban, â€œhundreds of residents in Washingtonâ€™s safest, most well-to-do neighborhoods have armed themselves, registering far more guns than people in poorer, crime-plagued areas of the city.â€ The Associated Press (via the Los Angeles Times) has additional coverage.
- The Associated Press (via KSPR of Springfield, Mo.) reports that the Court declined to stay the execution of a Missouri death-row inmate last night. The inmate, Martin Link, was executed just after midnight.