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Thursday round-up


  • Justice Thomas spoke yesterday at a National Archives event celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Constitution.  The Associated Press (via The Washington Post) has coverage of his remarks.
  • This blog’s symposium on the Voting Rights Act continues with contributions from Joshua ThompsonRichard Pildes, and Abigail Thernstrom.
  • This blog’s other symposium, on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, also continues, with a contribution from Inimai Chettiar.
  • Adnan Latif, the Guantanamo Bay detainee whose petition for certiorari in Latif v. Obama was denied in June, recently died in custody.  Rachel Levinson-Waldman comments on the case for Balkinization, and Benjamin Wittes has posted his thoughts for Lawfare. 
  • In an op-ed for USA Today, Gregg Nunziata discusses the prospect that the winner of this year’s presidential election could fill as many as three seats on the Court.  At the Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr responds, noting that Justices tend to time their retirements to ensure that their replacements share their judicial philosophies.
  • Stephen Wermiel has a new post in this blog’s “SCOTUS for law students” series, on the Court and the Confrontation Clause.
  • In an article for The Atlantic, Garrett Epps questions whether Justice Scalia is “still relevant” and  argues that “October 1 may be the first day of the post-Scalia era.”
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on whether Miller v. Alabama, in which the Court held that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders violate the Eighth Amendment, applies retroactively.  Cherri Gregg has coverage for CBS Philadelphia, and Douglas Berman has further thoughts over at the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog.
  • In an op-ed for The New Republic, Nicholas Stephanopolous argues that the Court is likely to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Khalil Abdullah of Highbrow Magazine  interviews Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed about the potential ramifications if the Court strikes down affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Recommended Citation: Cormac Early, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 13, 2012, 3:04 PM),