The nomination hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett continued on Wednesday with a second day of questions and answers (or, mostly, non-answers) at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators pressed Barrett on an array of legal issues — from health care and abortion to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — but she mostly avoided expressing any views on topics that could potentially come before the Supreme Court. Republicans expect to wrap up the nomination hearings Thursday, with a committee vote expected after a one-week procedural delay. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Torres v. Madrid, a case about the meaning of “seizure” under the Fourth Amendment, and Pereida v. Barr, a case about deportation of immigrants based on state criminal convictions.
Other Supreme Court-related news and commentary from around the web:
- Barrett, Vowing Independence, Is Haunted by Trump’s Demands (Carl Hulse, The New York Times)
- Amy Coney Barrett grilled on voting rights as 2020 election is underway (Joan Biskupic, CNN)
- How Conservative Is Amy Coney Barrett? (Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Laura Bronner & Anna Wiederkehr, FiveThirtyEight)
- How Amy Coney Barrett Could Affect the Future of the Affordable Care Act (Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker)
- Barrett Indicates Her Comfort With High Court’s Recent Religion Decisions (Mark Walsh, Education Week)
- Amy Coney Barrett on Guns (Jake Charles, Duke Center for Firearms Law)
- Judge Barrett Herself Explained Why “The Law As Written” Often Merges With Her “Preferences” (Michael Dorf, Dorf on Law)
- Bernard Cohen, lawyer who won victory for interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia, dies at 86 (Emily Langer, The Washington Post)
- Supreme Court Weighs Whether to Hear Possible Sentencing Law Blockbuster (Carissa Byrne Hessick, PrawfsBlawg)
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