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  • In the latest episode of Bloomberg Law’s Cases and Controversies podcast, Jordan Rubin and Kimberly Robinson discuss several high-profile cases “over whether congressional committees and Manhattan prosecutors can get their hands on the president’s financial records—including his tax returns.”
  • At The National Law Journal, Tony Mauro talks to appellate lawyer Cate Stetson about why so few women argue at the Supreme Court.
  • At Justia’s Verdict blog, Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle weigh in on Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, in which the court will consider the scope of a court-created doctrine that prohibits courts from reviewing employment decisions by religious employers involving their ministers; they maintain that “[i]f the Court hews to [an Establishment Clause] theory, it will decide these cases wisely,” but if “a critical mass of justices falls for sweeping claims of a Free Exercise based church autonomy, the Court will … head down a constitutionally perilous path of preferring the interests of religious institutions to all competing concerns.”

  • At Liberty Unyielding, Hans Bader questions the Supreme Court’s decision to postpone the March oral argument session out of concern for public health, noting that “[c]ourts don’t have to hold oral arguments in person[:] Lawyers can argue a case by telephone or video conference.”
  • In an op-ed at Forbes, Nick Sibilla highlights Brownback v. King, a cert petition stemming from “[a] horrific caseof police brutality.”
  • At Religion News Service, Kristen Waggoner urges the court to review Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington, which asks whether the First Amendment bars Washington state from requiring a Christian florist to design flowers for a same-sex wedding, and to “affirm that [the florist’s] religious view of marriage is honorable and that the government cannot punish her for her beliefs.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 19, 2020, 6:40 AM),