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Yesterday the Court denied North Carolina’s request to allow the state to enforce three provisions of its 2013 election law for this fall’s general elections. Amy Howe covers the order for this blog. Additional coverage comes from Reid Wilson of The Hill, Nina Totenberg of NPR, Robert Barnes of The Washington Post, German Lopez of Vox, Brent Kendall of The Wall Street Journal, David Graham of The Atlantic, Ariane de Vogue and Dan Berman of CNN, Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), and Adam Liptak of The New York Times, with commentary from Rick Hasen at his Election Law Blog.


  • Susan Cornwell of Reuters covers Senator Chuck Grassley’s suggestion on Monday that he might be willing to consider Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination if enough senators push for a hearing after the November election.
  • Melissa Daniels of Law360 covers the Justice Department’s admission to the Court that it understated 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.
  • Moriah Balingit of The Washington Post profiles Gavin Grimm, a student in Virginia who identifies as a boy and wants to be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom, and whose case a Virginia school board has asked the Court to examine.
  • For his Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen reports that the Sixth Circuit has denied plaintiffs’ request for a stay of its order allowing Ohio to eliminate “Golden Week,” a week allowing early registration and voting for the November election; plaintiffs’ counsel has promised an emergency motion at the Court, but Hasen assesses the “chances the Court would grant such a stay” as “quite small.”
  • Bob McGovern of the Boston Herald reports that attorneys for a convicted murderer have filed a petition with the Court to review potential Sixth Amendment violations from his trial in 2006, which depending on the Justices’ decision “could mean a wave of new trials in cases across the country.”
  • For Deadspin, Daniel Wallach addresses the legalization of sports betting, analyzing in particular New Jersey’s case against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, in which Supreme Court review may be the next step.
  • For her column for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse looks at the 1988 case Morrison v. Olson, which upheld the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, and at the subsequently intertwined lives of Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr.
  • For Supreme Court Brief (subscription or registration required), Tony Mauro reports that the Justices have recently sold nearly $1.5 million in stocks, “apparently seeking to avoid investment-related recusals.”
  • In a different post at Supreme Court Brief (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle covers three cases that may give the Justices the opportunity in the next year to review challenges to partisan gerrymanders.

Recommended Citation: Andrew Hamm, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 1, 2016, 10:30 AM),