on May 20, 2011 at 11:23 am
Yesterday, by a vote of fifty-two to forty-three, the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit failed to achieve the sixty votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster. Coverage at the Washington Post, BLT, Nina Totenberg at NPR, the New York Times, and Kevin Drum at Mother Jones all emphasize the degree to which Liuâ€™s testimony against Justice Alito during Alitoâ€™s confirmation hearings ultimately hurtÂ Liu during his own nomination process.
- Coverage relating to Kentucky v. King continues. Â At the Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr responds to a recentÂ post by Linda Greenhouse (which Amanda covered in yesterdayâ€™s round-up).Â In his post, Kerr explains why he â€œthink[s] Greenhouse and others are misreading the case,â€ which he characterizes as â€œmuch narrower than many seem to think.â€
- Gun rights groups have filed an amicus brief in support of the federal governmentâ€™s petition for certiorari in United States v. Jones (h/t: Orin Kerr at Volokh), a case involving the constitutionality of GPS tracking by police officers.Â SCOTUSblog’s own Lyle Denniston covered the case (as well as a related petition) here, and SCOTUSblogâ€™s John Elwood has additional coverage here.
- Commentary on last monthâ€™s decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion continues.Â At the Huffington Post, Lawrence W. Schonbrun disputes the conventional wisdom that the decision favors corporations at the expense of consumers.Â Instead, he argues, â€œ[f]or consumers, and for the cause of justice, the Supreme Court’s ruling on class action arbitration is good news. (Not great news, mind you, but good news.)â€