on Sep 24, 2013 at 9:25 am
The long battle over custody of Baby Veronica, the child at the center of last Term’s Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, finally appears to be over. Yesterday the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted a temporary stay that allowed the child to remain with her biological father in that state; a few hours later, she was transferred to her adoptive parents. The Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) has the story.
Next week the Justices will convene to consider the petitions for certiorari – approximately two thousand of them – that have amassed since the Court began its summer recess in late June. In USA Today, Richard Wolf takes a look at the review process, in which “[o]nly the strongest cases survive.”
In the Boston Review, Pam Karlan explains why the Court’s recent decisions in United States v. Windsor, holding that a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman is unconstitutional, and Shelby County v. Holder, invalidating the provision of the Voting Rights Act used to determine which jurisdictions are required to comply with the Act’s preclearance requirement, “have some important parallels beyond the fact that in both the Court struck down federal statutes.”
In The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports that “[t]he modern Supreme Court opinion is increasingly built on sand,” with nearly half of the links in Supreme Court opinions no longer working.
At Cato at Liberty, Ilya Shapiro discusses the amicus brief that Cato filed in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, in which an anti-abortion advocacy group seeks review of a decision by the Sixth Circuit upholding an Ohio law that criminalizes false statements about a candidate for elected office.