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Wednesday round-up


  • At the Washington Blade, Chris Johnson reports on the most recent petition for certiorari seeking review of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act; the petition – which was filed by the group Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders – argues that the Court should review this particular case because the plaintiffs “have been disadvantaged in so many ways” by DOMA that they “best represent the range of DOMA’s effects on married gay men and lesbians.”
  • At the Atlantic, Andrew Cohen follows up on both a poll (which Kiran covered in yesterday’s round-up) revealing that two-thirds of Americans cannot name a single Supreme Court Justice and Adam Liptak’s article (which Kiran also covered yesterday) on the extent to which the Court has had the last word on statutory interpretations with “a brief primer on the men and women who wield so much power in such an anonymous way in this country.”  Erin Fuchs also discusses the Liptak article for Business Insider.
  • This blog’s symposium on Alexander Bickel and the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Least Dangerous Branch concludes with a post from Stephen I. Vladeck.
  • Also at this blog, Kali provides a list of upcoming events related to the Court.
  • The editorial board of The New York Times urges the Court to grant review in Shaygan v. United States, a case involving the interpretation of the Hyde Amendment, which allows courts to award attorney’s fees to a criminal defendant when they find that the government’s position was “vexatious, frivolous, or in bad faith.”  [Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys work for or contribute to this blog in various capacities, filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in this case.]

Recommended Citation: Conor McEvily, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 22, 2012, 9:57 AM),