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Thursday round-up


  • For The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Jess Bravin checks in with Justice Stephen Breyer, whom “stay-at-home orders have all but confined … to the Cambridge, Mass., home he’s owned since his days as a Harvard professor decades ago, along with his wife, daughter and three grandchildren.”
  • At this blog, Amy Howe explains how the 439 seats in the Supreme Court chamber are allocated.
  • At Law360, Jimmy Hoover reports that “the personal trainer for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg” says the justice “is still working out with him twice a week at the S. Supreme Court’s private facility.”
  • Tony Mauro reports for The Texas Lawbook (subscription required) that “[t]he U.S. Supreme Court Monday imposed a stiffer level of liability for energy companies involved in tanker ship oil spills and other marine accidents near ports,” this week in CITGO Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frascati Shipping Co., Ltd. [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the respondents in this case.]

  • At The George Washington Law Review’s On the Docket blog, Laird Kirkpatrick looks at Kahler v. Kansas, in which the court held that the due process clause does not require Kansas to adopt an insanity test that turns on a defendant’s ability to recognize that his crime was morally wrong; he writes that “[t]he most troubling aspect of Kahler is that it raises the question whether there even is a constitutional right to assert an insanity defense.”
  • In an op-ed for The Washington Post (subscription required), George Will urges the court to review Salgado v. United States and to recognize “Congress’s clear intent that victims of spurious forfeiture cases not emerge from the process injured.”
  • In the latest episode of the Heritage Foundation’s SCOTUS 101 podcast, Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates “recap the Court’s latest rulings (one involves the infamous pirate, Blackbeard)” and “debut their new SCOTUS book club.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Thursday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 2, 2020, 6:47 AM),