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As the justices engage in their summer travels, their remarks from around the globe are drawing attention. Constitution Daily reports that “[d]uring a one-hour interview on Wednesday in New Zealand, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts offered some candid thoughts about technology’s impact on potential new cases heading to the Supreme Court.” In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle reports that Roberts “voiced concerns about the privacy implications of new technology that allows police to ‘see through walls,’ echoing the alarm his newest colleague, Justice Neil Gorsuch, first raised nearly three years ago.” At the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, Justice Anthony Kennedy “discuss[ed] the revolution of the cyber age.”


  • In an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune, Steve Chapman cites First Amendment scholars who maintain that “‘the Roberts Supreme Court may well have been the most speech-protective court in a generation, if not in our history.'”
  • At Bloomberg BNA, Jordan Rubin looks at the criminal cases from last term, noting that although “[m]ore than half of the Supreme Court’s decisions in argued cases were unanimous,” “that’s no thanks to the 2016-17 term’s criminal docket, where the justices were less acquiescent.”
  • As part of its annual Supreme Court series, The University of Pennsylvania’s Regulatory Review offers discussions of several cases from last term, including arbitration case Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark, here, and First Amendment case Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, here.

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 28, 2017, 7:43 AM),