The Supreme Court building itself is in the news, with the announcement by the Court’s Press Office that, beginning next week and continuing for nearly two years, it will undergo renovations to preserve its marble façade.  Coverage of the impending renovation comes from Bill Mears of CNN, Pete Williams at MSNBC’s First Read blog, and the Associated Press (via the Washington Post).


  • In the Opinionator blog of the New York Times , Linda Greenhouse reflects on last week’s oral argument in Arizona v. United States, the federal challenge to Arizona immigration law S.B. 1070.
  • In the Guardian, Bernard Harcourt argues that there is a “deep tension” between the concern the Justices showed for socio-economic liberties in the health care oral arguments and the Court’s treatment of personal liberty in penal cases like Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, the recent strip search case. [Disclosure:  The law firm of Goldstein & Russell, P.C., served as counsel to petitioner Albert Florence in the latter case, but the author of this post was not involved in the case.]
  • At California Lawyer, Thomas Brom discusses the state of campaign finance law, including American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, the challenge to the Montana Supreme Court ruling upholding a statute that bans corporate spending in state elections.
  • At Think Progress, Igor Volsky discusses a new report  by Jessica Arons of the Center for American Progress which argues that women “will suffer the most” if the Court strikes down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision.

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Recommended Citation: Cormac Early, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (May. 3, 2012, 9:03 AM),