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Commentary relating to the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia comes from Matthew Yglesias at Vox, who suggests that the “most immediate question Democrats will face if they win the White House and Senate will be what to do about” Garland’s nomination; Jay Michaelson at The Daily Beast, who examines how the Senate’s refusal to consider Garland’s nomination may influence voters ahead of the 2016 elections; and Jason Steed, who for his blog, forma legalis, suggests that Republicans may decide to confirm Garland before the elections.


  • For the Northwestern University Law Review Online, Joseph Blocher considers arguments for and against the constitutionality of the death penalty expressed in the Justices’ various opinions last year in Glossip v. Gross, in which the Court upheld Oklahoma’s use of midazolam as the first drug in its lethal injection protocol.
  • The Jewish Telegraphic Agency covers the appearance by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Venice, where she presided over a mock trial for Shylock and attended the premiere of the first performance of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in the city’s old Jewish Ghetto.
  • Dani Kass of Law 360 (subscription or registration required) reports on Chief Justice John Roberts’s order on Wednesday clearing the way for a drug manufacturer to move forward with generic versions of certain birth-control drugs.

Recommended Citation: Andrew Hamm, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 29, 2016, 10:59 AM),