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  • Greenwire’s Jeremy Jacobs reports that the Court’s recent ruling in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, striking down “an odd Depression-era raisin program[,] may have revived a critical government defense for endangered species and other wildlife protections, legal experts say.”
  • At his eponymous blog, John Q. Barrett remembers civil rights legend Louis Stokes, who represented petitioner John Terry in the Court’s landmark case of Terry v. Ohio. Stokes died on Tuesday at the age of ninety.
  • At the blog of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lisa Soronen looks ahead to Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the challenge to the university’s use of affirmative action in its undergraduate admissions process in which the Court granted cert. earlier this summer; she observes that the possible reasons why the Court once again agreed to review the case “are mindboggling if not endless.”
  • On Saturday at 6 p.m., C-SPAN Radio will air the next installment in its series on the Court in the movies, focusing on the 1974 oral argument in United States v. Nixon.
  • In The Economist, Steven Mazie questions the rationales behind a proposal to voluntarily limit the terms of Supreme Court Justices but agrees that “breathing new life into the nation’s highest court more often—even if it does not make the tribunal any less political—would bring more dynamism to the judiciary, jog the justices’ decision-making patterns and narrow, even if only slightly, the yawning gap between the enrobed ones and everyday citizens.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 21, 2015, 8:28 AM),