At his eponymous blog, Lyle Denniston reports that “[t]he Supreme Court and a federal appeals court are now moving simultaneously to sort out a major constitutional controversy over a right to abortion for undocumented teenaged girls being held in federal immigration centers and who are now or will become pregnant.” At Rewire’s Boom! Lawyered podcast, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo weigh in on the cert petition currently pending before Supreme Court, Azar v. Garza, in which the government has asked the court to sanction the attorneys for the pregnant teenager.

At the Associated Press, Joyce Rosenberg reports that the court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, a case on Tuesday’s argument calendar in which the justices will reconsider a ruling that limits the ability of state governments to require out-of-state online retailers to collect tax on sales to state residents, “could have national implications on e-commerce, although Congress can pass legislation afterward that broadens or narrows the law.” At National Review, James Sutton argues that “the outcome could affect millions of small, online retailers and brick-and-mortar companies that ship across state lines, subjecting them to abusive treatment by the states.” [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in this case.]

In an op-ed for The Hill, Bob Barr urges the justices to hear Blagojevich v. United States, the appeal of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich from a conviction on federal corruption charges, and to “draw [a] clear line between legal fundraising and felony extortion.” At the Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen provides an excerpt from coverage of the case. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in this case.]


  • Counting to 5 (podcast) “look[s] at Justice Gorsuch’s first full year on the Court, and … preview[s] the six cases the Court will be hearing in the first week of the April oral argument session.”
  • In the latest episode of the Heritage Foundation’s SCOTUS 101 podcast, Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates “talk about Neil Gorsuch’s first SCOTUS anniversary and judges ruling from beyond the grave[, and they] chat with Jenn Mascott about administrative law and clerking for Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas.”
  • In an op-ed for The Hill, former Gorsuch clerk Alex Harris refutes suggestions that Gorsuch “doesn’t fit in” on the Supreme Court.

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