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Yesterday the president nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  Molly Runkle and Andrew Hamm compiled early coverage and commentary for this blog.  Additional coverage comes from Mark Walsh of Education Week, Lawrence Hurley of Reuters, Anthony Zurcher of the BBC, Michael Bobelian in two posts for Forbes, Callum Borchers, Glenn Kessler, and Janell Ross of The Washington Post, Tim McDonnell of Mother Jones, and Russell Berman of The Atlantic.

Commentary comes from Linda Greenhouse in her column for The New York Times, Bill Blum of truthdig, Steven Mazie in The Economist, Jordan Walsh at Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, and Ted Folkman at Letters Blogatory, as well as Rick Garnett and Mark Moller at PrawfsBlawg.


  • In The Economist, Steven Mazie looks back at the Court’s recent decision in Lockhart v. United States, characterizing it as “one of several recent signs that ideology does not always fuel the justices’ decisions.”
  • At Fed Soc Blog, Evan Bernick urges the Court to grant review in a case filed by an American military officer detained at an immigration checkpoint near the U.S.-Mexico border and “make plain that the Fourth Amendment’s protections do not evaporate when Americans get within 100 miles of the border and fail to genuflect before the officials whom they encounter there.”
  • At KLRU, a documentary discusses affirmative action and Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.
  • At the Bill of Health Blog, Greg Lipper looks ahead to next week’s oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, suggesting that the “objections to seeking a religious exemption from a regulatory requirement are so unprecedented that one is tempted to question whether these claims are motivated by something other than sincere religious objections to filling out a form.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 17, 2016, 8:19 AM),