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  • At the Cato Institute’s Cato at Liberty blog, Ilya Shapiro and others weigh in on National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, a First Amendment challenge by crisis-pregnancy centers to a California law that requires disclosures about the availability of publicly funded family-planning services, including contraception and abortion, arguing that “[a]mong its many problems, the lower court’s definition of ‘professional speech’ is dangerously overbroad.”
  • At Casetext, David Boyle uses several current Supreme Court cases to demonstrate that “[j]ust like atheist pride and hypocrisy, religious (or pseudo-religious) pride and hypocrisy are horrible things.”
  • At Stafford Rosenbaum’s Appellate Practice Blog, Jeffrey Mandell and Erika Bierma discuss an amicus brief filed by the firm in City of Hays v. Vogt, which asks whether a probable cause hearing is part of a criminal case within the meaning of the Fifth Amendment’s self-incrimination clause; they contend that “[b]y the Government’s logic, nothing would prevent a prosecutor from compelling a defendant to take the witness stand and forcing him to testify at a preliminary hearing, as long as the testimony was not used at trial.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Dec. 27, 2017, 7:35 AM),