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Last night the Court blocked the execution of a Missouri death row inmate who contended that a medical condition could complicate the state’s plans to execute him by lethal injection.  Lyle Denniston covered the story for this blog; other coverage comes from Richard Wolf of USA Today and from Robert Barnes and Mark Berman of The Washington Post, while Rick Hasen discusses the case and the Court’s order at his Election Law Blog.  In the Los Angeles Times, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seth Klamann reported on Justice Alito’s separate order on Tuesday temporarily staying the execution. 


  • The Western Queens (N.Y.) Gazette reports on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to a public school in Elmhurst, Queens.
  • In a post at Constitution Daily, Scott Bomboy explains why the Court’s ultimate decision in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo “may not be a Supreme Court slam dunk for broadcasters.”
  • In The Daily Beast, Jay Michaelson considers how challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage will fare if, as expected, they reach the Court soon.  He concludes that “the real effect of [United States v.] Windsor” is “its conclusive statement that gays are real. That’s why court after court has found anti-gay marriage laws to be unconstitutional, and it’s why Justice Kennedy will a year from now.”
  • Also at Constitution Daily (video), this year’s Supreme Court Fellows discussed their experiences.
  • At Koz on Gaming, Daniel Wallach examines the arguments made by the NCAA and four professional sports leagues opposing review in New Jersey’s challenge to a federal law regulating sports betting.

Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (May. 22, 2014, 6:51 AM),