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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Affirmative Action at Colleges Questioned by High Court": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.

The Austin American-Statesman has a news update headlined "Supreme Court grills UT, plaintiff on use of race in admissions."

The Houston Chronicle has news updates headlined "Supreme Court hears arguments on UT race case" and "Sweatt's family hears arguments in Supreme Court race-based admission case."

Todd J. Gillman of The Dallas Morning News has an update headlined "Supreme Court hears arguments over use of race in deciding University of Texas admissions."

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Supreme Court: In affirmative action arguments, conservative bloc seems united; The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on an affirmative-action plan at the University of Texas, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely swing vote, appeared skeptical."

The Texas Tribune reports that "Justices Take Aim at Key Question in UT-Austin Case."

This evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered" contained an audio segment featuring Nina Totenberg entitled "Court Questions University's Affirmative Action Plan."

And online at Slate, Emily Bazelon has a Supreme Court dispatch entitled "Between a Quota and a Hard Place: Is the Supreme Court ready to end affirmative action?"
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"Supreme Court to Rule on Patents for Self-Replicating Products": David Kravets has this post today at's "Threat Level" blog.
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"Justice Ginsburg Throws Party While 120-Year-Old Parents Away For Weekend": The Onion has this report.
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"Supreme Court showdown on affirmative action": Josh Gerstein of has this report.
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"Stored Communications Act Doesn't Reach Opened Webmails": At the "E-Commerce & Tech Law Blog" of Bloomberg BNA, Thomas O'Toole has a post that begins, "The South Carolina Supreme Court held today that opened email messages on a web-based email service provider are not protected by the federal Stored Communications Act."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of South Carolina at this link. Although all five justices agreed with the result, the decision does not contain a majority opinion.

Update: At "The Volokh Conspiracy," Orin Kerr has a post titled "South Carolina Supreme Court Creates Split With Ninth Circuit on Privacy in Stored E-Mails -- and Divides 2-2-1 on the Rationale."
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"A Changed Court Revisits Affirmative Action in College Admissions": Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this news update.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Supreme Court divided over affirmative action in college admissions."

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Supreme Court justices skeptical of affirmative action for college."

Richard Wolf and Mary Beth Marklein of USA Today have a news update headlined "Supreme Court weighs quotas in affirmative action case."

Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers reports that "Supreme Court conservatives press affirmative action supporters to defend racial preferences."

And Terry Baynes of Reuters reports that "Supreme Court justices challenge Texas university race policy."

You can access at this link the transcript of today's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 11-345.
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"U.S. court clears South Carolina voter ID law for 2013": David Ingram and Harriet McLeod of Reuters have this report on today's ruling of a three-judge court of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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"Top patent court to reconsider validity of financial software patents; Original ruling 'failed to follow the Supreme Court's instructions'": Timothy B. Lee has this blog post at Ars Technica.

You can access yesterday's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granting rehearing en banc at this link.
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"Argument recap: Will Grutter be reshaped?" Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
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"High court questions Texas affirmative action plan": The Associated Press has this report.

And at's "Washington Wire" blog, you can access coverage of the oral argument at this link.
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"Appeals court reinstates campaign finance limits": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who overturned it to outline his full reasoning so the panel can review the case."

You can access yesterday's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
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"Halftime report at Fisher Oral Argument": Kevin Russell has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
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"What would Obama's Supreme Court look like?" Liz Goodwin has this post today at "The Ticket" blog of Yahoo! News.
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"High court to hear biggest race case in six years": Tom Curry, NBC News national affairs writer, has this report.
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"Justices Return To Affirmative Action In Higher Ed": This audio segment featuring Nina Totenberg appeared on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."
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"The Bingo Act's restrictions on the use of bingo proceeds for political advocacy are permissible conditions on a government subsidy and do not operate to penalize speech." So ruled a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit yesterday in a First Amendment challenge to limitations imposed under the Texas Bingo Enabling Act on how charities may use bingo proceeds.
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