Briefly:

  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports on remarks by Justice Sonia Sotomayor during her recent appearance with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito at Yale Law School; Justice Sotomayor told the audience that “she’d like to preside over trials again when she retires.”
  • In his column for The Economist’s Democracy in America blog, Steven Mazie discusses the Justices and empathy, and the prospect that their “perspectives are too often hindered by the fact that ‘the pool of those with whom they unavoidably identify is so dangerously small and privileged’.”
  • At FiveThirtyEightPolitics, Oliver Roeder reports on efforts to predict the outcome of Supreme Court decisions and explains why it makes “a certain amount of sense that the best Supreme Court predictor in the world should be some random guy in Queens.”
  • At the Election Law Blog, Justin Levitt analyzes last week’s oral argument in the Alabama redistricting cases, focusing on “the rationale behind Alabama’s last state legislative redistricting plan.”
  • Richard Re of Re’s Judicata continues his discussion of circuit precedent and “clearly established law,” this time with a focus on Monday’s summary reversal in Glebe v. Frost.
  • In The New Republic, Simon Lazarus argues that, in the debate over the availability of tax subsidies for individuals who purchase their health insurance from a marketplace operated by the federal government – the question at issue in King v. Burwell – the ACA’s supporters “are inadvertently recycling their opponents’ misleading talking points. Most common is the idea that the law contains a ‘glitch’ or ‘drafting error.’”
  • In The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Michael Greve reviews Overruled: The Long War for Control Over the U.S. Supreme Court, by Damon Root.
  • Newsmax reports that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not pleased by recent calls for her to resign to allow the president to appoint her successor.
  • Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services (via the Arizona Capitol Times) previews the oral arguments in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, in which an Arizona town “is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to quash a bid by a tiny religious congregation to be able to post and leave up year round its signs directing people to its worship services.”

 [Disclosure:  Kevin Russell of Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to one set of petitioners in the Alabama redistricting cases.]

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 19, 2014, 5:22 AM), https://www.scotusblog.com/2014/11/wednesday-round-up-249/