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  • At the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Joshua Sharpe and Bill Rankin report that “Georgia … executed Donnie Lance for the 1997 murders of his ex-wife and her boyfriend in Jackson County” last night, after “[t]he U.S. Supreme Court denied Lance’s final appeals at roughly 8:15 p.m., clearing the way for his execution.”
  • At Barron’s, Beckie Strum reports that “[t]he estate of a German Jew that claims to be the rightful owner of Picasso’s painting The Actor has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City must return the artwork, which the former owner sold while fleeing Nazi Germany persecution.”
  • At The American Prospect, Mark Joseph Stern reviews two books that “urge us to reject conservatives’ partisan originalism and fight for a return to [Chief Justice Earl] Warren’s equality-based Constitution.”

  • At the ABA Journal, Erwin Chemerinsky writes that upcoming abortion case June Medical Services v. Gee “may well signal the future of abortion rights in the United States.”
  • At Vox, Ian Millhiser discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch’s recent concurrence urging “limit[s on] the power of lower court judges to issue broad, nationwide orders suspending a federal policy,” noting that “Democratic presidents have much more to fear from a too-aggressive judiciary than Republicans.”
  • In an op-ed for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse wonders about the “stopping point” of the administration’s argument in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue “not only that a state may include religious schools in a voucher program, but that it must include them, if it wants to have a voucher program at all.” [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among counsel on an amicus brief in support of the respondents in this case.]

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 30, 2020, 6:49 AM),