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We have changed our round-up format!  In an effort to simplify the process for our round-up team, going forward we will only include in the round-up news articles and posts that are submitted to us.  If you have (or know of) an article or post that you would like to have included in the round-up, please send a link to roundup [at] so that we can consider it.


  • Adam Liptak of The New York Times reports on a new study which concludes that, although the Roberts Court as a whole is only “slightly more conservative” than the Burger or Rehnquist Courts, the Court’s decisions in business cases have been “far friendlier to business than those of any court since at least World War II.”
  • At Buzzfeed, Chris Geidner explains how the Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, the challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, might affect the debate over the Uniting American Families Act, a new proposal that would make same-sex couples eligible for green cards.
  • In this video at the Huffington Post, Mike Sacks interviews Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal about his new book, The Terror Courts: Rough Justice At Guantanamo Bay.
  • UPI’s Michael Kirkland discusses the “Supreme Court spring – the time between the end of the term’s arguments in late April to the rising of the court for the summer recess in late June [that] traditionally sees many of the high-court’s heavyweight decisions,” highlighting four of the Term’s most controversial cases and noting that Justice Anthony Kennedy may have the deciding vote in each.
  • At Jost on Justice, Kenneth Jost examines retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s recent comments expressing doubt about the Court’s cert. grant in Bush v. Gore. [Disclosure:  The law firm of Thomas C. Goldstein, P.C., now known as Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys work for or contribute to this blog in various capacities, was among the counsel to respondent Al Gore in that case.]

Recommended Citation: Marissa Miller, Monday round-up, SCOTUSblog (May. 6, 2013, 9:09 AM),