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  • Pratheepan Gulasekaram analyzes Wednesday’s oral argument in Kansas v. Garcia, which asks whether federal immigration law preempts a state prosecution for identity theft based on using someone else’s Social Security number to obtain employment, for this blog.
  • At Bloomberg Law, Kimberly Robinson reports that yesterday the court “issued guidance for filers of friend-of-the-court briefs that ‘clears up a number of contested issues previously resolved through word-of-mouth lore among practitioners,’ one of them said.”
  • In an op-ed for USA Today, Gabe Roth calls on the court to release information about “which justices … are voting to grant review in the major cases the court is taking,” such as the recently granted abortion case June Medical Services v. Gee; he argues that “[i]f the Supreme Court’s work is truly done apolitically, we would see Republican-appointed justices voting for grants with Democratic-appointed justices just as often as with their Republican-appointed colleagues.”
  • At PrawfsBlawg (via How Appealing), Richard Re explains that in Ramos v. Louisiana, in which the justices will decide whether the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a unanimous jury applies to the states, “a lot of the Court’s discussion at oral argument focused on issues of stare decisis, particularly what to do with fragmented decisions.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Friday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 18, 2019, 6:58 AM),