Court-watchers and movie-watchers alike are reacting to a new documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.” Three takes come via How Appealing. Owen Glieberman reviews the film at Variety, concluding that “there are worse ways to get to know someone like Thomas than to watch him deliver what is basically the visual version of an I-did-it-my-way audiobook memoir, with lots of news clips and photographs to illustrate his words.” At the Los Angeles Times, Gary Goldstein observes that “the film should score with its intended audience.” At The Washington Times, Rebecca Hagelin writes that “[t]his powerful documentary, scheduled for release Friday, has the potential to breathe new life into any viewer who is oppressed, angry or lost.”


  • Harvard Law Today announces “the public release of the first batch of papers and other items from the Antonin Scalia Collection,” containing “[m]aterials … [that] largely come from his life and work before his 1986 appointment to the Supreme Court.”
  • At, Sherri Jefferson argues that the lack of diversity on the court “lends itself to disparity in decision making.”
  • At Oracle’s blog, company executive Ken Glueck “tr[ies] to set the record straight on the facts and policy” in Google v. Oracle America, a dispute over the copyright status of application programming interfaces. [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 New York Times, Linda Greenhouse maintains that the court’s recent decision to freeze a nationwide injunction against the administration’s expansion of the “public charge” rule, which renders “[a]ny immigrant who receives the equivalent of 12 months of federal benefits within a three-year period … ineligible for permanent residency or a path to citizenship,” “was a breathtaking display of judicial activism.”

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