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Although remarks by Justice Antonin Scalia criticizing Chicago-style pizza garnered extensive coverage (as in this article in the New York Daily News), other stories on the Court focus on more substantive issues, including questions that could be before the Court in the not-too-distant future.  In the Los Angeles Times, David Savage surveys the pending challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage and concludes that “a ruling that comes this summer could easily reach the justices in time for a decision in 2015.”  In USA Today, Richard Wolf looks at the prospect that the Court could return to the Second Amendment as soon as this week, with three challenges to gun control laws scheduled for the Justices’ private conference on Friday.  And Justin Gray of Cox Media discusses DiCristina v. United States, another case on Friday’s conference, in which the Court “could weigh in on whether your basement poker game is a federal crime.”


  • At The Volokh Conspiracy, Will Baude responds to comments on an earlier post (which I covered in last week’s round-up) regarding the validity of a new rule that prohibits non-lawyers from arguing at the Court.
  • Also at The Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr outlines “some of the possible Fourth Amendment rules that the Court might consider” in United States v. Wurie and Riley v. California, the cellphone privacy cases in which the Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in April.
  • At CNN, Bill Mears reports on recent disclosures by a confidante of Hillary Clinton regarding President Bill Clinton’s process for selecting new Justices during his administration.

[Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, serves as counsel to an amicus in DiCristina.]

Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Tuesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 18, 2014, 8:29 AM),