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Wednesday round-up


  • Jessica Dye at Reuters reports that yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice asked the Court to consider two additional legal challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for purposes of federal laws and programs as between a man and a woman.
  • SCOTUSblog’s online symposium on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin continues with a post from Richard Kahlenberg.
  • This blog’s online symposium on the Voting Rights Act also continues with new posts from Ilya Shapiro, Heather Gerken, and Nathaniel Persily.
  • According to Ars Technica and CNET, lawyers for a Minnesota woman who was ordered to pay damages for sharing copyrighted music on the Internet will seek Supreme Court review of the Eighth Circuit’s ruling against her.
  • At his LAWnLinguistics blog, Neal Goldfarb comments on Bryan Garner’s defense of a book he recently wrote with Justice Scalia, against criticisms levied by Judge Richard Posner.  At the Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr also weighs in and notes that, with respect to a particular case used as an example by Justice Scalia and Garner in their book, the two “were fair in the description of this case, while Posner was not fair in his critique.”
  • At the Lambda Legal blog, Jon W. Davidson considers some possibilities if the Supreme Court declines to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision striking down Proposition 8, the California law banning same-sex marriage.
  • Andrew Cohen at the Atlantic reports that Justice Kagan was “a positive laugh riot the other night,” at an event at the University of Michigan.  And at Crime and Consequences, Kent Scheidegger responds to concerns, expressed by Justice Kagan during her appearance at the university, about cameras in the Supreme Court with a counterproposal: “Have the arguments recorded by a single camera under the court.  Embargo the recording until Saturday morning, and then play it on CSPAN.  After that, it’s public record.”

Recommended Citation: Conor McEvily, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 12, 2012, 10:28 AM),