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Wednesday round-up


  • In The Huffington Post, Cristian Farias reports that Chief Justice John Roberts denied a request by lawyers for a Virginia school board for an extension of time to file its petition for review in the case of a transgender student who wants to be able to use the boys’ bathroom.
  • In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports that, although the chambers of the late Justice Antonin Scalia have not yet been shut down, “one aspect of Scalia’s legacy is moving forward: the vigorous debate among legal scholars and former clerks about the justice’s impact and importance on the court.”
  • Also in The Huffington Post, Bill Blum looks back at what he describes as the late Justice Lewis Powell’s “right-wing legacy” and its effect on the Court.
  • Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that the Court’s “handling of North Carolina’s long-shot bid to reinstate its contentious voter identification law will set the tone for the court’s treatment of similar cases that could reach the justices before the Nov. 8 elections.”
  • At the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Appellate Practice Blog, Lisa Soronen looks ahead to Manuel v. City of Joliet, in which the Court will consider whether “malicious prosecution claims can be brought under the Fourth Amendment in the first place.”
  • Advice and Consent (podcast) discusses possible scenarios for Supreme Court nominees based on which party wins the White House and the Senate.
  • At his Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen reports that Texas plans to seek Supreme Court review of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the challenge to its voter identification law.
  • At Slate, Mark Joseph Stern suggests that a recent police shooting in Wisconsin “provides us with a brutal reminder that our modern problem of excessive police force cannot be curbed by current standards—and that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayoris on a quest to fix the faulty constitutional interpretation that led us into this mess in the first place.”

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Recommended Citation: Amy Howe, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 17, 2016, 10:05 AM),