Weekly Roundup, September 4, 2015

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On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to allow county clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky to deny marriage licenses to couples. Later in the week, ISCOTUS director Chris Schmidt weighed in on Kim Davis’ defiance and subsequent jailing.

A group of several Texas doctors and clinics requested that SCOTUS review an earlier ruling restricting their procedures. From the petition: “This case will determine whether Texas can force more than 75 percent of the state’s abortion clinics to close by enforcing a pair of statutory requirements that serve no valid state interest.”

On Thursday Rick Garnett commemorated Chief Justice William H Rehnquist, who passed ten years ago.

A study shows how Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ word choice reflects his position and role in court.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor took part in a 2-hour conversation at the University of Notre Dame. Regarding her judicial philosophy, she said, “I have always tried to approach the law as a learning process, as one of trying to understanding how other people have approached particular questions. I believe that people really expect the law to have some fixed meaning that gives them some measure of comfort in their human relations.”

At the end of this month, the Supreme Court justices will hold their Long Conference, “where appeals go to die.”

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