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Five Supreme Court protesters have just been sentenced to six weekends in jail. The group was arrested, and held in custody for 30 hours, after disrupting a 2015 Supreme Court proceeding.

While protesting the Supreme Court is all fine and dandy, doing so inside the actual courtroom is not. The group pleaded guilty to "illegal picketing and haranguing speeches on Supreme Court grounds," earning four of them one weekend in jail, and the fifth receiving two weekends in jail. Additionally, all five defendants have been ordered to stay away from the High Court for one year.

A Preview of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie

When it comes to movies based on real life, viewers must allow for some literary license.

Even in the upcoming biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the justice would grant Felicity Jones some flexibility in portraying her. After all, the actress is English.

One thing is certain, however. The movie, set to begin filming in September, will hew to the truth that women have had to fight for equal rights in America.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, SCOTUS denied President Trump's lawyers' motion seeking clarification of the Court's recent order lifting the injunction that stopped the controversial travel ban from being enforced. The Court issued a short, two-paragraph, three-sentence, order denying the motion, primarily explaining that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals needs to rule before the High Court will rule again on this issue.

Curiously, the second paragraph to the order is a single sentence that states: "Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, and Justice Gorsuch would have stayed the District Court order in its entirety."

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.

'Very Troubling,' Scholar Says as High Court Closes Door on Injury Claims

Erwin Chemerinsky, the constitutional law scholar, may have more published opinions than any justice of the Supreme Court.

That's because media outlets often quote him, and judges generally do not talk to the press. So when Chemerinsky speaks, people usually listen.

Now that he has landed in the dean's chair at Berkeley Law, Chemerinksy also has a bully pulpit for his latest opinion: recent Supreme Court decisions are "very troubling."

'Internet' or 'internet'? Supreme Court Widens the Capitalization Debate

You say 'tomato,' I say 'tomato.'

Wait, that doesn't work. You say 'Internet,' I say 'internet.'

Hold on. This only works if you're writing, not talking. And it only seems to matter here if the U.S. Supreme Court has anything to say, er, write about it.