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  • In the ABA Journal, Mark Walsh previews next week’s oral argument in Yates v. United States, in which the Court will consider the case of a commercial fisherman convicted of violating the anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for the destruction of several undersized fish.
  • In her column for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse discusses Justice Lewis Powell’s concurring opinion in Plyler v. Doe, a 1981 case in which the Court held that Texas could not exclude undocumented children from the free public education provided to other children. Just as the Court in that case was, in Powell’s view, “appropriately intervening to save the country from a policy demonstrably destructive of the social fabric,” Greenhouse argues that it should have done the same in the recent Texas voter ID case.
  • In The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin reports on recent comments by opera buff Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reacting to The Death of Klinghoffer, an opera that depicts the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian terrorists, who shot passenger Leon Klinghoffer – a disabled U.S. citizen who was Jewish – and then pushed him overboard in his wheelchair.
  • At CNN, William Mears previews next week’s oral argument in the Jerusalem passport case Zivotofsky v. Kerry.
  • Constitution Daily reports (and has video) on a recent speech by Justice Samuel Alito about “the enduring legacy of the Bill of Rights and how the Bill has affected other nations.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 30, 2014, 8:13 AM),