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Tuesday round-up


  • In The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports on Justice Anthony Kennedy’s “legacy as a hero to the gay rights movement,” as well as the extent to which that legacy “would have been hard to imagine” when he was nominated to the Court in 1987. 
  • Over the weekend, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Justice to officiate at a same-sex wedding – the marriage of Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, to economist John Roberts (who is not related to the Chief Justice).  Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports.
  • The Constitutional Accountability Center has filed an amicus brief in Riley v. California, in which a San Diego man has asked the Court to review the constitutionality of the warrantless search of his cell phone after his arrest.  Discussing the amicus brief and the case at the Center’s Text and History Blog, Brianne Gorod warns readers that “the ‘papers and effects’ on your cell phone may not be as private as you think.”
  • At Turtle Talk, Matthew L.M. Fletcher previews Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, in which the Court will consider whether an Indian tribe is immune from a lawsuit claiming that it violated federal gaming laws by operating a casino outside of Indian lands.  Fletcher concludes that “the case looks like a difficult case for the Bay Mills Indian Community to win, like most cases that reach the Supreme Court.”

[Disclosure:  Kevin Russell of the firm Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in Riley v. California.  However, the author of this post is not affiliated with the law firm.]

Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Tuesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 3, 2013, 2:37 AM),