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Yesterday’s coverage of the Court focused on Justice Scalia’s interview with Piers Morgan, in which he discussed his relationship with the Chief Justice and defended the Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Coverage comes from Josh Gerstein of Politico and Jesse J. Holland of the Associated Press.  Video of the interview is available here.

Other coverage focused on fresh polls of public opinion of the Court. Adam Liptak and Alison Kopicki of The New York Times report on that paper’s poll, in conjunction with CBS, which shows the Court’s approval rating dropping after the recent health care decision. Stephanie Condon of CBS has further coverage, focusing on approval ratings for the Chief Justice Roberts.  And over at the National Review’s Bench Memos blog, Ammon Simon has coverage of a recent Gallup poll on the Court.

Yesterday the Chief Justice  stayed a Maryland state court ruling that would have blocked police from collecting DNA samples from people who have been arrested but not yet convicted.  Lyle Denniston has detailed coverage of the order for this blog. Further coverage comes from Kent Scheidegger of the Crime and Consequences blog and the Associated Press.


  • The University of California, Irvine School of Law hosted a panel discussion on OT2011.  Coverage comes from Leigh Jones of the National Law Journal and Joseph Serna of the Daily Pilot.
  • Joe Palazzolo of the Wall Street Journal Law Blog has further coverage of the recent cert. petition (featured in Conor’s round-up yesterday) which raises the question of whether the Constitution requires the availability of an insanity defense. [Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C. serves as counsel to the petitioner in the case.]
  • Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr has video of a recent conference of privacy law scholars on the “mosaic theory” of Fourth Amendment searches, which was embraced by the two concurring opinions in United States v. Jones.
  • At the Originalism Blog, Mike Rappaport continues the analysis of the Chief Justice’s vote in the health care cases.
  • Jeffrey Shaman has a post for ACSblog in which he criticizes Justice Scalia’s originalist philosophy.

Recommended Citation: Cormac Early, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 19, 2012, 9:05 AM),