Briefly:

  • At the Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank blog, Claire Brockway and Bradley Jones discuss a new Pew survey showing that “a majority of Americans (62%) say they have a favorable view of the Supreme Court,” but that “Democrats and Republicans are increasingly divided in their assessments of the court”: “[T]hree-quarters of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, compared with only about half (49%) of Democrats and Democratic leaners.”
  • Brian Cassidy observes at Bloomberg Law that “[w]hatever their overall differences in legal philosophy and interpretation, the Justices … have traditionally shown a high level of agreement in intellectual property (IP) cases,” a trend that “continued in six IP cases decided during the Court’s 2018 term, covering subjects ranging from scandalous trademarks to secret pharmaceutical sales.”
  • At Real Clear Politics, David McDonald points to “the outlines of a consensus” in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, which held that a 40-foot cross honoring World War I veterans on public land in Maryland does not violate Constitution’s bar on establishing religion, as evidence that “[w]hile significant disagreements remain among the justices, history and tradition are now central to the discussion in a way that would have been unthinkable only 20 years ago.”
  • For the News Service of Florida (via the Tallahassee Democrat), Jim Saunders reports that “a federal judge will hear arguments in December in a long-running water war between Florida and Georgia.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Aug. 8, 2019, 6:59 AM), https://www.scotusblog.com/2019/08/thursday-round-up-487/