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September 2012 Archives

First Monday Countdown: Prep for 2012 with Top 5 Cases of 2011

With less than 100 hours until the Supreme Court hears the first case of the 2012 term, we've become a bit nostalgic.

Before we fully dive into the judicial new year, we're naming our top 5 cases of the 2011 term.

Six Grants and an Unsigned Ruling

The Supreme Court issued orders this morning — at its new, earlier time — announcing six new cases for the 2012 term.

If you can't wait for this year's opinions to begin rolling out, you're in luck: The Court also issued an unsigned opinion upholding West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan, Reuters reports.

SCOTUS Sticks Judicial Nose in Government's Business Next Week

We have less than a week until the Nine head to the bench, and the world starts to make sense again. We’re celebrating the return of relative normalcy by continuing our preview of the 2012 term.

The Supreme Court’s second day of oral arguments next week will be a federal government fun fest. The Court will consider two cases in which lawyers will argue that the federal government is out to get everyone: Kloeckner v. Solis and U.S v. Bormes.

SCOTUS Releases December Hearing Schedule

As we say goodbye to the waning days of summer, at least we can anticipate a fall full of Supreme Court fun. In a matter of weeks, the Nine will return to the bench for First Monday.

Until then, let’s get excited about the cases on the December hearing schedule for the 2012 Term. The Court has 10 cases on the docket for the final round of oral arguments in 2012. Below, we’ve laid out the schedule along with the questions presented.

Oh, No He Didn't! Scalia-Posner War of Words Continues

Maybe you didn’t watch Justice Antonin Scalia’s interview with Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler yesterday. Maybe you thought, “What could Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner say about their new book that I haven’t heard in the last three months?”

Perhaps you’ve heard that ol’ Nino and Judge Richard Posner have a little tiff over Posner’s less-than-favorable review of the Justice’s new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Text. Posner — he’s a court of appeals judge, isn’t he — wrote a lengthy review of the book for The New Republic, arguing that cases are decided by judges’ personal and political values and preferences, not the legal rules and canons of interpretation that Scalia and Garner promote, Huffington Post reports.

House Passes New Stolen Valor Act: Is it Constitutional?

The House of Representatives passed a new and allegedly improved version of the Stolen Valor Act on Thursday by a vote of 410-3.

So are we headed for another Supreme Court Stolen Valor battle?

Does Lonely Island Have the Answer to Lozman's Boat Question?

Lonely Island may be able to resolve the second case the Supreme Court will hear on First Monday: Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach.

The question in the case is whether a floating structure that is indefinitely moored, receives power and other utilities from shore, and is not intended to be used in maritime transportation or commerce constitutes a "vessel" under 1 U.S.C. § 3, thus triggering federal maritime jurisdiction.

Deja Vu: Previewing Kiobel for the October 2012 Term

With less than a month until the Supreme Court kicks off its 2012 term, we're looking forward to the first case the Court will consider on First Monday: Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.

If that name seems eerily familiar, it's because the Court also considered the case last term, before sending the matter back to the parties for briefing on whether American courts should ever hear disputes for overseas human rights violations.

Supreme Ambitions: David Lat Launches SCOTUS 'Clerk Lit' Serial

There's a good chance you know of David Lat, even if you don't know David Lat.

Lat is the mastermind behind the (dearly departed) Underneath their Robes, and the founder of the legal blogging juggernaut Above the Law.

Now, he's a serial fiction writer, too.

Well, almost...

SCOTUS to Consider Marriage Equality Petitions September 24

Last term, the Supreme Court heard the healthcare case, the Arizona immigration law appeal, and warrantless GPS tracking. This term, the Court will decide whether affirmative action will continue to be a part of university admissions considerations, and it could decide whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional.

How did the Court become so interesting?

According to The Onion, the Nine got a big-shot new agent to ensure that it hears all the juiciest cases.

When Will SCOTUS Hear Texas Map Challenge?

In case the influx of politicians shaking hands and kissing babies didn't tip you off, it's an election year.

And, much like in 2000, a Texan is asking the Supreme Court justices to cast the deciding votes in an election. This time, however, the fate of the Texas redistricting map, (not the presidency), hangs in the balance.