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Tweet Illustrates Sandra Day O'Connor's Struggle as a Woman Lawyer

In the Ruth Bader Ginsburg era, sometimes it's easy to forget what Sandra Day O'Connor went through to become the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

O'Connor was appointed in 1981, ending 191 years of Supreme Court history without a woman on the bench. She retired in 2006, but she and her legacy live on.

While her legal career has largely been written, occasionally that history rewrites itself. Like last week, when Twitter revealed that she was admitted to federal practice as "Mrs. John O'Connor."

Trump DOJ Reverses Position in Purged Voters Case

It's not unusual for a lawyer to switch allegiances -- government prosecutors often turn into private defense attorneys as a career path.

However, it is unusual for the federal government's top lawyers to change position in the middle of a case. In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the Department of Justice has reversed itself in a voting law case that is before the U.S. Supreme Court.

There is a changing of the guard at the Justice Department since President Trump took office, but the voting case comes at an awkward time for the administration and the U.S. Solicitor General's Office.

High Court Announces Electronic Filing

If all courts were like the U.S. Supreme Court, then access to the law would literally be free. They might also take a little longer to allow electronic filing.

The High Court announced that it will make "virtually all filings" available to the public at no cost. It is part of a new electronic filing system, to be up and running by Nov. 13, 2017, and similar to programs already working in other federal courts.

"Attorneys who expect to file documents at the Court will register in advance to obtain access to the electronic filing system," the court said in a press release. "Registration will open 4-8 weeks before the system begins operation."

According to the outspoken and sharply articulate judge Richard Posner, "we have a crappy judicial system" and "most of the [legal] technicalities are antiquated crap." The jurist has recently found himself making headlines not just for the flavorful language of his social commentary, but also for supporting a revolutionary idea for the U.S. Supreme Court: increasing the number of justices to 19.

In a recent interview, Judge Posner expressed support for expanding the judiciary. He explains that the current Court is mediocre and highly politicized due to the political nature of the selection of justices. Additionally, Posner posits that a mandatory retirement age of 80 be implemented for the High Court.

It is a rare occasion when the Supreme Court reverses itself, but what about Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr.?

It has happened, for example, when Chief Justice Roberts changed his vote on Obamacare. In that case, he flipped from the conservative majority to the liberal dissent.

Now court watchers are speculating that he has changed his view on same-sex marriage. Although that decision left the building two years ago, it matters again because there's a little rustling of the tea leaves at the Supreme Court.

Is RBG 'Bound by Law' to Recuse Herself on Travel Ban Case?

While the U.S. Supreme Court eases into the summer recess, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be working overtime on one issue: whether she should recuse herself from the Trump travel ban case.

In a letter to "Madam Justice Ginsburg," three score Republicans have bellowed, "Yes!" Other politicians and pundits say, "No!"

The debate will likely continue through the season, but everyone seems to agree on one point: Ginsburg, by law, will make the decision herself.

Justice Kennedy to Retire -- Again?

Remember when you were a kid, waking up before sunrise to see if Santa Claus had done his job yet?

You probably checked several times throughout the night before the moment finally came. And it did, of course, because Santa Claus was real -- at least until you got older.

So it is with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Every kid in the press corps has been checking like clockwork to see if he's there yet, and the rumors keep coming.

Religious School Entitled to Public Playground Money

Heralded as a major church-state decision, the U.S. Supreme Court said a church-owned school is entitled to state funds available for playgrounds open to the public.

The decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer marked a turning point in the church-state debate and an ending point for the Court session. The justices have taken a recess for the summer.

Observers called the case a "major" decision under the Free Exercise clause. The decision prompted separate opinions from five justices, who voted 7-2 for the church.

Supreme Court: Detainees Can't Sue Government for Jailing After 9/11

The U.S. Supreme Court said illegal aliens who were jailed after the Sept. 11 attacks cannot sue top government officials, but they may proceed against the jailer.

In Ziglar v. Abassi, the court acknowledged that the six named plaintiffs -- including five Muslims -- suffered for months in a Brooklyn jail before they were deported. The court said what happened to them was "tragic," but the principal defendants were not liable for damages.

"There is ... a balance to be struck, in situations like this one, between deterring constitutional violations and freeing high officials to make the lawful decisions necessary to protect the nation in times of great peril," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court. "The proper balance is one for the Congress, not the Judiciary, to undertake."

Supreme Court: Sex Offenders Have Free Speech Rights to Use Social Media

Absolving a sex offender for posting on Facebook, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that banned registered sex offenders from using social media.

In the unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said the statute violated the First Amendment. It abridges "lawful speech as the means to suppress unlawful speech," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in Packingham v. North Carolina.

"A fundamental principle of the First Amendment is that all persons have access to places where they can speak and listen, and then, after reflection, speak and listen once more," the Court said in affirming and remanding the widely reported case.