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Reports from today's oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court explain that the justices kept their poker faces on when it came to partisan gerrymandering. Apart from Justices Sotomayor and Kagan's clearly anti-partisan gerrymandering line of questions, there didn't seem to be any indication of which side was winning.

The Benisek v. Lamone case is a little bit different than the Gil case which was heard last fall. One significant difference that has been getting quite a bit of attention is the fact that this case focuses on a gerrymander in favor of democrats, while Gil's gerrymandering favored republicans. Pundits posit that the High Court took up this case specifically to be able to rule on the issue of partisan gerrymandering without appearing political by letting each faction win (or lose) one case.

In a recent editorial opinion penned for the New York Times, retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had a clear message for the youth of today: Repeal the Second Amendment.

Justice Stevens explains that repealing the Second Amendment is now the clearest path to undoing the impact of the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, which he believes was decided incorrectly. Heller effectively invalidated gun control legislation and held that there is an individual right to bear arms within the Second Amendment. Justice Stevens believes the Heller decision "has provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of immense power."

Did you know that there's a documentary about the Notorious RBG? Unfortunately, you still have to wait over a month before it is released in theaters nationwide on May 4th. Fortunately though, you won't be guessing which movie is about her, as the film is simply titled: RBG.

Those lucky moviegoers that attended this year's Sundance Film Festival were treated to the first run of the film, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. After all, people sure do love Justice Ginsburg. Even Stephen Colbert has jumped on board the hype-train and released this video of the two of them working out together and having some silly fun.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to New Congressional Map

When a judge says 'no' the first time, what do lawyers often do?

It's no joke: they ask again. That's basically what happened in the latest gerrymandering case to make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The High Court rejected a petition to stop a new congressional district plan in Pennsylvania -- again. Somehow the petitioners didn't get the message the first time.

Do Supreme Court Justices Need Better Security?

After his last meal, Justice Antonin Scalia stood up to retire for the evening.

"He stood up and said he was tired, he had had a long week and he would see us in the morning," said John Poindexter, who discovered Scalia's body the next morning two years ago.

Newly released security documents show that story could have ended differently. Marshals, responsible for protecting Supreme Court justices, did not show up for hours after his death.

Recently, headlines have been buzzing about the rumored retirement of Justice Kennedy. However, there hasn't been any announcement from the justice, nor the Court, about it. But the tradition of SCOTUS retirement speculation never stops.

Rather, the rumor mill has been churning thanks to the stump speech of a GOP Senator from Nevada, Dean Heller. Reportedly, during a campaign event, Heller claimed that Justice Kennedy will be retiring this summer. According to some, Heller is at risk of losing his Senate seat, particularly given the fact that Nevada voted Hillary in 2016.

The South Dakota v. Wayfair case is getting closer to the date set for argument in mid-April. The case has potentially major ramifications for online retailers large and small, consumers, and every state in the country.

The basic issue to be resolved is whether a South Dakota law requiring out of state online retailers to collect state sales tax is constitutional given the potential effect interstate commerce. But, as you may have gathered given the widespread prevalence and popularity of online shopping these days, this case is generating quite a bit of political buzz.

The tech billionaire that bought Martin's Beach, located just outside Half Moon Bay, California, has been facing an uphill legal battle ever since he decided to shut out the public. He's pretty much lost every step of the way.

Now, Vinod Khosla is at the top of that hill and asking SCOTUS to review the decision requiring him to maintain public access. Despite the fact that his plea is not expected to be taken up, commentators believe that the case provides SCOTUS a vehicle to further restrict a state's right to control private property.

Will SCOTUS Ban MAGA Hats and #MeToo Pins at the Polls?

When arguing at the U.S. Supreme Court, what, oh, what do you wear?

That was kind of the question during oral arguments in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a case that turns on what voters can wear to the polls. The justices puzzled over the issue, repeatedly asking the lawyers what clothes could be prohibited under the First Amendment.

The problem seems to be, where do you draw the line on political speech?