Yesterday’s coverage focused on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Principal Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan, who has been nominated to the D.C. Circuit and whom many observers predict will be President Obama’s next Supreme Court pick. Jeremy W. Peters of The New York Times writes that Srinivasan “breezed his way through an uneventful Senate confirmation hearing,”  while Richard Wolf of USA Today notes that Srinivasan won praise from several Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, and Michael Doyle writes at his Suits and Sentences blog that the hearing became a “love fest.” Evan Perez of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Frederic J. Frommer of The Associated Press both report that Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is likely to vote for confirmation.  And Dashiell Bennett of The Atlantic argues that “[t]he real danger for Obama is that he will get Srinivasan through to Appeals, and eventually the Supreme Court, but still leave office in 2017 with an empty bench of liberal judges to follow in that Justice’s footsteps.” Adam Serwer of Mother Jones profiles the “Supreme Court nominee in waiting” Srinivasan, with other coverage of the hearing coming from Todd Ruger of The National Law Journal,  Lawrence Hurley of Reuters, and Chidanand Rajghatta of The Times of India.


  • In his Verdict column for Justia, Vikram David Amar discusses what would, and should, happen if the Court dismisses Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage, on the ground that the law’s defenders lack standing.
  • Richard Wolf of USA Today previews next Monday’s argument in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, in which the Court is considering whether human genes are patentable.
  • Kathryn Marchocki of The New Hampshire Union Leader reports on a visit by retired Justice David Souter to the Manchester courthouse in which he tried his first case forty-six years ago yesterday.

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Recommended Citation: Cormac Early, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 11, 2013, 9:46 AM),