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On Monday Senator Chuck Grassley suggested that he might be willing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, if enough senators push for a hearing after the November election. Coverage comes from Sam Levine of The Huffington Post and Nolan McCaskill of Politico, with commentary from Rick Hasen at his Election Law Blog,.

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that the Justice Department has told the Court that it made “several significant errors” – understating the time spent in no-bail detention by certain undocumented immigrants with criminal records – in a 2003 immigration case, Demore v. Kim, in which the federal government ultimately prevailed. Commentary comes from Kevin Johnson at ImmigrationProf Blog.


  • In its latest newsletter, the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship reports that the late Justice Antonin Scalia and several other Justices were “Oxfordians” – that is, they believed that Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, was the “true author” of the works historically attributed to Shakespeare.
  • For the faculty blog at UC Hastings College of the Law, Rory Little notes that the first week of arguments in the October sitting – and seven of eight cases in total – involve criminal law, a “somewhat unprecedented calendaring wrinkle” Little attributes to “hesitancy in certiorari consideration last Spring by an evenly-divided eight-Justice Court.”
  • The faculty blog at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, introduces Michael Guttentag’s latest law review article, which focuses on “the first Supreme Court insider trading case in almost twenty years.”

Recommended Citation: Andrew Hamm, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 31, 2016, 10:26 AM),