In an event without precedent in the history of Supreme Court confirmation hearings, nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gave a televised interview to refute sexual assault allegations dating back to his high school years. (Video here; transcript here.) He appeared on Fox News Monday night, seated alongside his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh. The substance of Kavanaugh’s … Continue reading Kavanaugh Fights Back
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh broke precedent during his confirmation hearings by declining to take a stance on cameras in the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh acknowledged that many recent nominees have suggested during confirmation hearings that they would support video coverage of the oral arguments at the Court, but then promptly reversed themselves upon taking a … Continue reading The Latest on Cameras in the Supreme Court
It’s been just over 24 hours since President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s a summary of initial reactions. His credentials and experience have been praised. “On paper,” writes Richard Wolf in USA Today, “Kavanaugh may be the most qualified Supreme Court nominee in generations. Akhil Reed Amar, … Continue reading Early Takes on the Kavanaugh Nomination
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens made headlines recently with his comments calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. In his March 27th op-ed in the New York Times, the 97-year-old ex-justice dismissed the amendment a “relic of the 18th century.” He noted that for most of the amendment’s history, it was understood … Continue reading Repeal the Second Amendment?
Rumors have been swirling (again) of Justice Kennedy’s possible retirement. He has been on the Court since 1988, which makes him the longest serving Justice on the Court. And, at 81 years-old, he is the second oldest member of the Court; only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who turns 85 tomorrow) is older. Earlier this month, … Continue reading Supreme Court News Roundup—March 14, 2018
Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting recent stories about the Supreme Court. In the New York Times, Adam Liptak discusses the constitutional implications of aging death row populations. “The Court, which has barred the execution of juvenile offenders and the intellectually disabled, is now turning its attention to old people,” he writes. … Continue reading Supreme Court News Roundup—March 8, 2018
The Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to take the unusual step of reviewing a federal judge’s order temporarily blocking President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). As Ariane de Vogue of CNN explains, the Supreme Court disfavors bypassing lower courts for direct review in these situations. Typically, the … Continue reading DACA & SCOTUS
In case you missed them the first time around, here is a roundup of some of the most interesting recent stories about the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Halts Alabama Execution On January 25, the Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for Vernon Madison, a death row inmate in Alabama. In 1994, a jury recommended … Continue reading Supreme Court News Roundup
By Harold J. Krent, Dean and Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. This post is an abridged version of an article first published at Law360. Challenges to appointment of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judges (ALJs) have spread across the country. Private parties that have lost on the merits before the … Continue reading Will The Supreme Court Review SEC’s In-House Judges?
As its October 2017 term continues in full swing, the Supreme Court continues to make news. Greg Stohr of Bloomberg recently wrote a valuable article on the dominance of free speech cases on the Court’s docket. This term the Court has either heard arguments or agreed to hear arguments in First Amendment cases involving a … Continue reading SCOTUS News Update