Wednesday round-up

Wednesday round-upAt Law360 (subscription required), Jimmy Hoover reports that “[i]n his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch has staked out a position in the court’s far right camp, but the junior justice has yet to face the most controversial decisions.” At The Economist’s Democracy in America blog, Steven Mazie observes that in “a […]

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Wednesday round-up

At Law360 (subscription required), Jimmy Hoover reports that “[i]n his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch has staked out a position in the court’s far right camp, but the junior justice has yet to face the most controversial decisions.” At The Economist’s Democracy in America blog, Steven Mazie observes that in “a few of this year’s pending cases, … “the newest justice will face a choice between the modest judicial role he often champions and the conservative change-maker persona some of his supporters—and his nominating president—hope he will embody.” At Empirical SCOTUS, Adam Feldman “reflects on the impact Gorsuch has made on the Court’s decision making and looks back to compare this with the changing Court dynamics when the other sitting justices and Scalia joined the Court.”

Briefly:

  • Constitution Daily offers “an update on 12 significant decisions that will be handed down from the Court into late June.”
  • At Education Week, Mark Walsh talks to Justice Stephen Breyer about the “indelible influence” of the justice’s father, Irving Breyer, who was “legal counsel to the San Francisco Unified School District for … 40 years, serving from the depths of the Great Depression until the era when the city’s school system grappled with desegregation.”
  • In an op-ed for The Hill, David Keating and Thomas Wheatley urge the justices to review the appeal of Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, arguing that “[t]he disputed jury instructions [given in Blagojevich’s criminal trial] pose risks to honest politicians and ordinary people who get active in election campaigns.” [Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, is among the counsel to the petitioner in this case.]

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