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Thursday, June 27, 2013

“Senate panel recommends Superior Court Judge Correale Stevens to fill state Supreme Court vacancy”: The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has this report.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a news update headlined “Pennsylvania Senate committee recommends Supreme Court justice to replace Orie Melvin.”

The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has a news update headlined “Senate committee recommends Stevens to Supreme Court.”

The Citizen’s Voice of Wilkes-Barre has a news update headlined “Senate panel approves Stevens for Supreme Court.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Correale Stevens gets initial OK for Pa. high court.”

In earlier coverage, today’s edition of The Standard Speaker of Hazleton, Pennsylvania reports that “Local legislators back Stevens nomination.”

You can access the video of today’s Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at this link, while the text of the nominee’s prepared statement can be accessed here.

Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Malvo attorneys seek to have sentences vacated”: Today’s edition of The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia contains an article that begins, “Citing a 2012 Supreme Court ruling, attorneys for convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo have petitioned federal courts in Maryland and Virginia to vacate the 10 life sentences he is serving.”

Posted at 9:16 PM by Howard Bashman

“Hobby Lobby wins partial victory from appeals court in health care challenge”: The Oklahoman has a news update that begins, “A federal appeals court in Denver has reversed a lower cour”s decision to deny Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s quest for an injunction against part of the Affordable Care Act that requires it to cover the cost of emergency contraceptives for some of its employees.”

And The Associated Press has a report headlined “Court: Hobby Lobby can challenge health care law.”

You can access today’s en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit at this link.

Update: In other coverage, Terry Baynes of Reuters reports that “U.S. court accepts challenge to Obama contraception rule.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Contraceptive mandate ruling.”

Posted at 2:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. Supreme Court seeks answers in Oklahoma abortion case; The nation’s high court accepts an abortion case and asks the Oklahoma Supreme Court to answer questions about the impact of a 2011 law on abortion-inducing drugs”: Chris Casteel of The Oklahoman has this news update.

Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that “High Court Asks Oklahoma Court to Clarify Abortion Law.”

And Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that “Justices show interest in Oklahoma abortion pill case.”

Posted at 1:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“New Jersey makes its final appeal for sports betting”: Today’s edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer contains an article that begins, “In a landmark case being watched closely by other states, New Jersey made a final appeal Wednesday to be able to offer wagering on pro and college sports.”

And The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey reports that “Legal titans battle in federal court over future of sports betting in N.J.

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s Third Circuit oral argument appears at this link.

Posted at 1:09 PM by Howard Bashman

“Why People (Still) Don’t Get the Supreme Court: If the major rulings handed down this week seemed contradictory to you — sometimes protecting state power, sometimes reducing it — you’re not the only one.” Andrew Cohen has this essay online at The Atlantic.

Posted at 1:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court in no rush to grant national gay-marriage right”: Joan Biskupic of Reuters has this news analysis.

And at, Josh Gerstein has a report headlined “The DOMA decision ripple effect” that begins, “The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions managed to do the impossible: get gay rights advocates and conservative Justice Antonin Scalia to agree.”

Posted at 10:02 AM by Howard Bashman

Access online today’s Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court has posted the Order List at this link. The Court granted review in three new cases.

In addition, in Gallow v. Cooper, No.12-7516, Justice Stephen G. Breyer issued a statement respecting the denial of the petition for writ of certiorari, in which Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined.

In Marrero v. United States, No.12-6355, Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. issued a dissent, in which Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joined, from the Court’s GVR order,

And in Lanus v. United States, No.12-862, Justice Clarence Thomas issued a dissent from the Court’s denial of certiorari.

In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that “Court to decide on child porn victim restitution“; “Court sends abortion drug case back to Okla. court“; “Court rejects gay rights cases from Ariz., Nev.” and “High court throws out Texas voter ID ruling.”

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that “Supreme Court declines to take up two more gay rights cases” and “Supreme Court nixes Texas voting rulings.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Court grants new cases.”

Posted at 9:34 AM by Howard Bashman