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With the Court still in its mid-term recess, today’s clippings focus on the activities of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

The AP’s Mark Sherman (via the Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle) reports that Justice Ginsburg has returned from her visit to Egypt and Tunisia, a trip that was sponsored by the State Department. Speaking to a crowd at Cairo University, the Justice told students she was inspired by the protests that led to the end of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The ABA Journal’s Molly McDonough also has coverage.

At the Daily Report, Jonathan Ringel reports that Justice Sotomayor made a guest appearance on Sesame Street Thursday night. In the skit, the Justice heard arguments in the case of Baby Bear v. Goldilocks.


  • Writing for the Huffington Post, Lyle Denniston discusses whether the public should be able to “veto” unpopular Court decisions.
  • Doug Schoen of Forbes analyzes the potential political consequences of the Court’s opinion on health care reform.
  • Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick discusses comedian Stephen Colbert’s crusade against Citizens United. “In the history of the Supreme Court,” she writes, “nothing has ever prepared the justices for the public opinion wrecking ball that is Stephen Colbert.”
  • At Appellate Daily, Michelle Olsen discusses some of the issues at stake in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., scheduled for argument later this month.
  • John Lotter, a Nebraska death row inmate whose murder case inspired the 1999 film “Boys Don’t Cry,” has filed a cert. petition. Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal Star has coverage.
  • The Huffington Post’s Luke Johnson reports on recent remarks on the Republican presidential race by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at a dinner in Washington.
  • At Concurring Opinions, Gerald Magliocca discusses his favorite Court opinion.


Recommended Citation: Marissa Miller, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 3, 2012, 5:44 PM),