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"Justice Sotomayor Takes Aim at Lethal Injection: In a striking dissent, the justice slams the 'horrifying deaths' that result from 'our most cruel experiment yet.'"

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:45:48 -0500

"Justice Sotomayor Takes Aim at Lethal Injection: In a striking dissent, the justice slams the 'horrifying deaths' that result from 'our most cruel experiment yet.'" Mark Joseph Stern has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.



"Appeals Court Upholds Maryland Ban on Military-Style Weapons; Court also allows 10-round limit on gun magazines"

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:40:44 -0500

"Appeals Court Upholds Maryland Ban on Military-Style Weapons; Court also allows 10-round limit on gun magazines": Joe Palazzolo of The Wall Street Journal has this report.

Cristian Farias of The Huffington Post reports that "'Military-Style' Firearms Aren't Protected By Second Amendment, Court Rules; An appeals court upheld a Maryland ban on a wide range of popular semiautomatic weapons."

And Reuters reports that "U.S. appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on assault rifles."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's en banc Fourth Circuit ruling can be accessed here.







"Ivanka Trump Beats Her Father to Supreme Court"

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:52:50 -0500

"Ivanka Trump Beats Her Father to Supreme Court": Jess Bravin has this post at WSJ.com's "Washington Wire" blog.






Access today's rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court in argued cases

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:02:00 -0500

Access today's rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court in argued cases: The Court today issued rulings in three argued cases.

1. Justice Elena Kagan delivered the opinion of the Court in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-497. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. issued an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Clarence Thomas joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.

2. Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered the opinion of the Court in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538. Justice Alito issued an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Thomas joined. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. did not participate in the ruling. You can access the oral argument via this link.

3. And Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the Court in Buck v. Davis, No. 15-8049. Justice Thomas issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Alito joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.

In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate"; "Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog"; and "High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws."

From Reuters, Lawrence Hurley Reports that "U.S. top court backs Texas death row inmate in race case." And Andrew Chung reports that "U.S. top court sides with disabled girl in dispute over service dog" and "Thermo Fisher did not infringe genetic-testing patent, U.S. top court says."

And Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that "Supreme Court blocks death sentence over racial bias" and "Supreme Court issues Wonder-ful ruling for disabled girl, service dog."




"Medical care in Indiana prisons draws scrutiny"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:15:00 -0500

"Medical care in Indiana prisons draws scrutiny": Back in September 2016, Virginia Black of The South Bend Tribune had this report on a case argued before the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Today, by a vote of 6-to-4, the en banc court issued this decision in favor of the deceased inmate's mother.




"Appeals court dismisses Virginia case seeking party ID in local elections"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:50:22 -0500

"Appeals court dismisses Virginia case seeking party ID in local elections": Graham Moomaw of The Richmond Times-Dispatch has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued today.



"Trump takes new immigration fight to 9th Circuit"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:44:46 -0500

"Trump takes new immigration fight to 9th Circuit": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this blog post.



"Court Ruling Gives Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Investors Limited Room for Claims; Court disallows most claims but orders additional proceedings on others"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:40:20 -0500

"Court Ruling Gives Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Investors Limited Room for Claims; Court disallows most claims but orders additional proceedings on others": Brent Kendall and Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal have this report.

And Andrew Harris and Joe Light of Bloomberg News report that "Hedge Funds Can't Sue Over Investments in Fannie and Freddie."

You can access today's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.




"Federal Appeals court upholds Maryland assault rifle ban"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:56:17 -0500

"Federal Appeals court upholds Maryland assault rifle ban": Ian Duncan of The Baltimore Sun has this report.

Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post reports that "Appeals court upholds Maryland ban on semiautomatic, military style guns."

And Brian Witte of The Associated Press reports that "Maryland's assault weapons ban upheld by US appeals court."

You can access today's 10-to-4 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit at this link.




"Justices Weigh Agent's Cross-Border Shooting of Mexican Teenager"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:20:06 -0500

"Justices Weigh Agent's Cross-Border Shooting of Mexican Teenager": Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this report.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that "Justices divided on cross-border shooting that left Mexican teenager dead."

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court justices appear split over whether Constitution extends to Mexican teenager shot across the border."

Michael Doyle of McClatchyDC reports that "A lethal shooting at the U.S.-Mexico border divides the Supreme Court."

Kevin Diaz of The Houston Chronicle reports that "U.S. Supreme Court weighs rights of Mexican family in Border Patrol shooting."

Bill Mears of FoxNews.com reports that "Supreme Court appears divided on cross-border shooting by US agent."

On this evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered," Nina Totenberg had an audio segment titled "Supreme Court Considers If Mexican Nationals Can Sue For Border Shooting."

Cristian Farias of The Huffington Post reports that "Supreme Court Torn Over Whether Constitution Should Apply To Cross-Border Shootings; Civil liability is the only avenue left for parents of a Mexican teenager shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent."

Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed News reports that "Justices Question Whether Mexican Family Can Sue Over Cross-Border Shooting."

And in commentary, online at The Atlantic, law professor Garrett Epps has an essay titled "Is the Southern Border a Constitution-Free Zone? The Supreme Court considers a case involving a youth on the Mexican side of the border killed by an American border patrol agent on the U.S. side."

You can access at this link the transcript of today's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Hernandez v. Mesa, No. 15-118.




"Gorsuch, Like Previous Supreme Court Nominees, Keeps Views Hidden"

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:22:56 -0500

"Gorsuch, Like Previous Supreme Court Nominees, Keeps Views Hidden": Carl Hulse has this new installment of his "On Washington" column in today's edition of The New York Times.



"Does Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Believe the Constitution Is God's Law? You may hear a lot about an arcane legal theory at Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings."

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:18:51 -0500

"Does Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Believe the Constitution Is God's Law? You may hear a lot about an arcane legal theory at Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings." Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones has this report.



"Like a prayer: A church-state case may be an early test for Neil Gorsuch; The Supreme Court nominee has emphasised the secular value of religious rites."

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:04:27 -0500

"Like a prayer: A church-state case may be an early test for Neil Gorsuch; The Supreme Court nominee has emphasised the secular value of religious rites." Steven Mazie has this post today at the "Democracy in America" blog of The Economist.