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For The Washington Post (subscription required), Robert Barnes reports that “Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. suffered a fall at a Maryland country club last month that required an overnight stay in the hospital, a Supreme Court spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday night.” Adam Liptak reports tor The New York Times that “[t]he chief justice has twice had seizures, in 1993 and 2007, but [the spokeswoman’s] statement said his latest fall had not been caused by one.” At CNN, Ariane de Vogue and Paul LeBlanc report that “[t]he Supreme Court did not issue any statement to the media in the days after Roberts fell”; the spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg, “says she responded Tuesday night after an inquiry from the Post.”

Amy Howe highlights the five remaining cases at Howe on the Court, at least one of which will be released later this morning. At this blog, Stephen Wermeil looks back at other times in recent history when the court has issued decisions in July.

At Bloomberg Law, Ellen Gilmer reports that “[t]he Supreme Court on Monday agreed to reinstate streamlined permitting for pipelines across the country, except for Keystone XL.” Additional coverage comes from Niina Farah and Hannah Northey at Greenwire (subscription required).

Amanda Shanor analyzes Monday’s decision in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, in which the court held that an exception for government-debt-collection calls to a federal ban on robocalls to cellphones violated the First Amendment but left the ban in place without the exception, for this blog. Commentary comes from Scott Cosenza at Liberty Nation.


  • At AP, Jessica Gresko reports that “[t]he Supreme Court said Tuesday that the first-ever women to hold two prominent positions at the court, handling the justices’ security and overseeing publication of the court’s decisions, are retiring.”
  • At the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, Andrew Pincus writes that although the recent decision in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in which the court ruled that the structure of the CFPB is unconstitutional, but left in place the rest of the statute creating the agency, “resolves the constitutional question, it moves into the spotlight two other important issues”: “the validity of all of the prior actions by CFPB directors—approving investigations, instituting enforcement actions, and promulgating regulations; and the possible congressional response to the Court’s decision.”
  • In a video available here, Ruth Marcus presents Chautauqua Institution’s Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court, in which Marcus discusses her 2019 book about Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, as well as some of this term’s major cases.
  • In an op-ed at The Hill, Elizabeth Slattery and Ethan Blevins observe that “[t]he vast majority of private schools in the United States are religiously affiliated,” and that thanks to the court’s ruling last week in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, holding that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools from a state-funded scholarship program for private schools violated the First Amendment, “parents will have more options when it comes to directing their kids’ education—whether at secular or religious schools.”

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Recommended Citation: Edith Roberts, Wednesday round-up, SCOTUSblog (Jul. 8, 2020, 6:27 AM),