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Commentary on last week’s decision in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, in which the Court upheld a Florida rule that prohibits candidates for judgeships from personally soliciting campaign contributions, comes from Steven Mazie for The Economist (subscription or registration required) and Burt Neuborne at ACSblog.

  • Ronald Mann covered Monday’s decision in Bullard v. Blue Hill Bank, holding that a debtor cannot immediately appeal a bankruptcy court’s order denying approval of his proposed repayment plan, for this blog.
  • Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports on (among other things) a recent speech by retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who “said Guantanamo detainees abused or held for years after they were cleared for transfer should receive reparations from the U.S. government and urged a change in the law that would allow prisoners to sue for damages while shielding officials from personal liability.”
  • At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Angela Morrison criticizes the Court’s recent decision in Mach Mining v. EEOC, holding that the EEOC’s duty to conciliate is subject to judicial review, on the ground that it “will harm the EEOC’s ability to address systemic discrimination.”
  • At ACSblog, Sherrilyn Ifill links the demonstrations in front of the Court on the day of the arguments on same-sex marriage with protests in Baltimore, arguing that although the two “may be miles apart . . . they share a common demand: that the lives we lead and the relationships we enter into receive a basic and equal measure of respect, whether we are gay, straight, black, or white.”

[Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, was among the counsel to the petitioner in Mach Mining.  However, I am not affiliated with the firm.]

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (May. 6, 2015, 6:36 AM),