In her column for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse looks at the Connecticut Supreme Court’s recent ruling abolishing the death penalty in that state; she argues that the court “not only produced an important ruling for its own jurisdiction” but also “addressed the United States Supreme Court frankly and directly,” “at a crucial moment of mounting unease.”  And in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Kevin Barry contends that the ruling raises “three key questions about the death penalty nationally,” with the first question going to the U.S. Supreme Court: “How many states must abolish the death penalty before the high court will strike it down for good?” 


  • In the Supreme Court Brief, Tony Mauro reports on the newest intern in Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s chambers – “part of a little-known program that is unique to Sotomayor among the nine justices.”
  • At AntitrustConnect Blog, Steven Cernak looks at the “immediate aftermath” of the Court’s decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, suggesting thatthe case, so far, has expanded application of the federal antitrust laws, triggered more lawsuits and resulted in more, not less, state oversight of economic activity.”

 [Disclosure:  Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to Samsung in its dispute with Apple.  However, I am not affiliated with the firm.]

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