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  • Jess Bravin reports for The Wall Street Journal that, at a judicial conference yesterday, “Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that despite sharp ideological differences with Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and the controversy that marred the latter’s confirmation, she was working to build relationships with the Trump appointees that could moderate the Supreme Court’s shift to the right.”
  • At Empirical SCOTUS, Adam Feldman analyzes the Supreme Court’s docket for what is “going to be a big year in front of the Supreme Court[, l ]ikely with more fireworks than the last few.”
  • At Inside Sources, Christian Mammen writes that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s new book “illustrates Gorsuch’s scholarly depth, forcefully arguing for a version of originalism and textualism that distinguishes him from his predecessors and shows the independence of his thinking.”
  • Jack Wang reports at UChicago News that, “[a]fter more than a quarter of a century on the United States Supreme Court, what hasn’t changed for Ruth Bader Ginsburg are her cordial relationships with her fellow justices.”
  • At Democracy, Frederick Schwarz urges “[a]doption of a constitutional amendment to make the [Supreme] Court more democratically accountable through regular appointments, a return to the traditionally larger number of appointments, and the end of strategic retirements.”
  • In an op-ed for USA Today (via How Appealing), Ilya Shapiro argues that if lockstep voting and a results-driven court concern us, it isn’t the conservatives we should be worried about.”
  • At Reason, Damon Root previews the Supreme Court’s next big Fourth Amendment case, Kansas v. Glover, which asks whether, for the purposes of an investigative stop, it is reasonable for police office to suspect that the registered owner of a car is the driver. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the respondent in this case.]

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Sep. 11, 2019, 7:02 AM),