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  • Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that “[t]hree major companies, citing the under-representation of minorities in science and technology fields, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in university admissions in” Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case scheduled for oral argument next month.
  • At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Angela Morrison discusses this week’s oral arguments in the “crimmigration” case Torres v. Lynch and interprets the Justices’ failure to “explore how the immigration rule of lenity applies in this case” as a sign that “that the Justices do not view the language in the statute as ambiguous and instead view the term ‘as described in’ to refer only to the substantive elements and not any elements that establish federal jurisdiction.”
  • In an op-ed for The Washington Times, Matt Sissel discusses his petition asking the Court to review a decision by the D.C. Circuit upholding the Affordable Care Act against his argument it violated the Origination Clause, which requires all “bills for raising revenue” to begin in the House of Representatives.
  • At In Progress, Colin Starger looks at what he regards as the most important cases on which the Justices will rely in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins and observes that “the best cases for Robins . . . are mostly older and mostly written by folks no longer on the Court. In my book, that doesn’t bode well for the respondent. Going on the picture of precedent alone, I’d predict a . . . ‘no standing’ outcome and victory for Spokeo.”
  • Talk Radio News Service covers the week’s oral arguments.
  • In the online companion to the Wisconsin Law Review, Brian Christopher Jones argues that, “if the Court continues to inject itself into the political process (adjudicating the most contentious political issues), fail to protect minorities, and expand both unchecked governmental power and corporate speech rights,hostility towards the institution will only increase. Without question, the Court should indeed worry about its constitutional future.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Nov. 6, 2015, 8:57 AM),