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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is once again in the news for her response to calls for her to retire from the Court to allow President Obama to appoint her successor.  Elle (and, yes, I’m pretty sure this is the first time we have included the magazine in the round-up) posts excerpts from an interview with the Justice, including her statement that, if she were to resign this year, the president “could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court.”  And in The New Yorker, Amy Davidson discusses the interview and weighs in on the retirement issue, urging Democrats who want to ensure that a Democratic president can appoint Ginsburg’s successor to “win the next election; battle it out, rather than fretting and sighing about how an older woman doesn’t know when it’s time to go.”


  • On Saturday at 6 p.m., C-SPAN Radio continues its series of historic oral arguments, this time with a focus on the Court’s 2005 decision in Cutter v. Wilkinson and what it might mean for the upcoming oral argument in Holt v. Hobbs, in which the Court will consider whether an Arkansas prison policy that prohibits a Muslim inmate from growing a half-inch beard for religious reasons violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
  • At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Marci Hamilton discusses her new cert. petition in John Doe B.P. v. Catholic Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph, which asks the Court to consider whether the First Amendment can provide protection to a religious organization for its role in a child sex abuse case.
  • As Chief Justice John Roberts begins his tenth Term, the Constitutional Accountability Center kicks off a year-long project to review his tenure on the Court with an introductory chapter by Brianne Gorod.

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 25, 2014, 8:01 AM),