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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

“Former religious right leader: I saw our phrases in Alito’s abortion opinion; Rev. Rob Schenck outlines his former group’s stealth efforts to get conservative justices to ‘be bolder.'” Josh Gerstein of Politico has this report.

Posted at 9:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Considered Dead on Arrival, Gains New Life; The larger-than-expected G.O.P. vote in the House in support of legislation to codify marriage equality caught both parties off guard, suggesting there could be a narrow path to enactment”: Annie Karni of The New York Times has this report.

Matt Viser, Marianna Sotomayor, Paul Kane, and Leigh Ann Caldwell of The Washington Post report that “Amid GOP support, Senate Democrats see hope for same-sex marriage vote; The move to enshrine protection for same-sex marriage offers an early window into how Democrats plan to solidify individual rights in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights protections.”

Eliza Collins and Siobhan Hughes of The Wall Street Journal report that “Same-Sex Marriage Bill Draws Some Republican Support in Senate; Democrats say the legislation is needed to protect rights from possible court reversals after Roe was overturned.”

And Burgess Everett of Politico reports that “GOP freezes up on same-sex marriage; Senate Democrats won’t have assurances of the 10 Republican votes they need to break a filibuster on the issue; They’re moving ahead anyway.”

Posted at 9:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Attorney General Merrick Garland Says Government Could Sue States Over Abortion Access; Justice Department will seek the dismissal of Texas suit challenging federal rules requiring hospitals to perform emergency abortions when needed to stabilize a patient”: Sadie Gurman of The Wall Street Journal has this report.

Posted at 9:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Federal court says Georgia’s anti-abortion law can now be enforced”: Maya T. Prabhu of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this report.

Eliza Fawcett of The New York Times reports that “Georgia’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Begins Immediately After Court Ruling; A federal appeals court said the law, which was signed in 2019 but quickly halted for violating Roe v. Wade, could go into effect.”

Lateshia Beachum of The Washington Post reports that “Court allows Georgia’s ‘heartbeat’ abortion law to go into effect post-Roe.”

And Jennifer Calfas of The Wall Street Journal reports that “Georgia Six-Week Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect; Federal appeals court overturns lower court ruling on 2019 ‘heartbeat’ law, citing Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.”

Posted at 9:33 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Abortion Vote In Kansas Looks Like It’s Going To Be Close; A new poll shows that Democrats may be more energized than Republicans”: Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Nathaniel Rakich of FiveThirtyEight have this report.

Posted at 8:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Alan Dershowitz’s Martha’s Vineyard Cancellation; Recently, the emeritus Harvard law professor has felt shunned at his usual haunts; Is it ‘cancel culture,’ or something else?” Isaac Chotiner has this “Q&A” online at The New Yorker.

Posted at 8:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“New Marquette Law School Poll national survey finds approval of the Supreme Court at new lows, with strong partisan differences over abortion and gun rights”: The Marquette Law School Poll issued this news release today.

Posted at 8:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“How to Stop Judges from Picking Their Replacements”: Thomas A. Berry has this post at the “Cato at Liberty” blog.

Posted at 5:26 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Radical Reinterpretation of the First Amendment; His opinion in the case of a public-high-school football coach who led prayers on the fifty-yard line privileges religious speech”: Fabio Bertoni has this Daily Comment online at The New Yorker.

And offering a differing view, at the “Law & Liberty” blog, Kody W. Cooper has a post titled “Free Exercise as a Social Good; The Supreme Court’s religion jurisprudence has for too long treated religion as a public vice; Kennedy v. Bremerton begins to reconsider that.”

Posted at 5:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Want To Know Where The Supreme Court Goes Next? Look At Alito’s And Thomas’s Dissents.” Laura Bronner and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux of FiveThirtyEight have this report.

Posted at 5:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Supreme Court’s Attacks on Tribal Sovereignty Are Just Getting Started; Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s opinion in Castro-Huerta v. Oklahoma signals an end to the Court’s brief era of respecting Tribal sovereignty”: Matt Irby has this post at Balls and Strikes.

Posted at 5:09 PM by Howard Bashman

“Michelle Childs Is Confirmed by Senate for U.S. Appeals Bench in Washington; South Carolinian who was considered for Supreme Court gets broad approval from lawmakers for seat on U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C.” Jan Wolfe of The Wall Street Journal has this report.

Nate Raymond of Reuters reports that “U.S. Senate confirms Childs for seat on key D.C. appeals court.”

And Rose Wagner of Courthouse News Service reports that “Senate confirms Michelle Childs to DC Circuit; Once a favorite to ascend to the Supreme Court, Childs received bipartisan support for her confirmation Tuesday.”

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by a vote of 64-to-34.

Posted at 3:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“3rd Circ. Upholds Convictions in Organized Crime Takeover and Looting of Publicly Traded Mortgage Company; In a precedential 169-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has upheld the convictions and sentences for two members of the Lucchese organized crime family and two Texas brothers on charges of racketeering and conspiracy”: Zack Needles has this report online at the New Jersey Law Journal about a lengthy decision that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued last Friday.

Posted at 3:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court Clerk Hiring Watch: Meet The October Term 2022 SCOTUS Clerks; Folks seeking greater diversity in the ranks of Supreme Court clerks won’t love this clerk class.” David Lat has this post at his “Original Jurisdiction” Substack site.

Posted at 3:20 PM by Howard Bashman