• At Bloomberg BNA, Jordan Rubin reports that “[a] group of foreign lawyers wants the U.S. Supreme Court to look to the English roots of the Sixth Amendment and the duties of counsel in other countries today when it considers the case of an American death row inmate” in McCoy v. Louisiana, a capital case scheduled for oral argument in January.
  • In the latest episode of the Heritage Foundation’s SCOTUS 101 podcast, Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates “break down the latest orders from SCOTUS (including a wife-swapping case and political gerrymandering in Maryland).”
  • In an op-ed for Forbes, Richard Samp looks at the aftermath of last term’s decision in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, in which the court ruled that New York’s credit-card surcharge ban regulates speech and remanded the case to the court of appeals to determine whether the ban violates the First Amendment; he argues that the appeals court’s decision to delay a ruling on the merits by certifying a question to the New York Court of Appeals “betrays a thinly disguised hostility to the First Amendment claims at issue.”
  • At the Pacific Legal Foundation blog, Ethan Blevins urges the justices to “grant Brott v. United States, a case about whether property owners are entitled to a jury when the federal government takes their land,” arguing that “[a] jury is key when it comes to compensation questions because the government has an obvious conflict of interest in appraising ‘fair’ market value.”
  • For NBC News, Alexandra Campbell Howe reports on efforts by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who sits on the board of iCivics, an educational nonprofit founded by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, to “mak[e] a game available in Spanish that teaches U.S. civics in a more approachable and engaging way.”

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