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Monday, November 13, 2023

“Supreme Court Adopts Ethics Code After Reports of Undisclosed Gifts and Travel; The code does not specify how the rules would be enforced or by whom”: Abbie VanSickle and Adam Liptak of The New York Times have this report.

Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post report that “Supreme Court, under pressure, issues ethics code specific to justices.”

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that “Supreme Court’s ‘not new’ ethics code largely codifies existing judiciary rules.”

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that “Supreme Court Issues Code of Conduct; First-ever set of rules follows months of scrutiny, criticism over ethical standards.”

John Fritze of USA Today has a report headlined “Amid blowback over Clarence Thomas travel, Supreme Court says it will adopt first-ever code of conduct; It is the first time in its 234-year history the Supreme Court will honor a code of conduct.”

Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times reports that “Supreme Court issues code of ethics after liberal pressure campaign.”

In commentary, Tuesday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal will contain an editorial titled “The Supreme Court’s New Ethics Code: The substance is fine, but the partisan critics won’t be appeased.”

And online at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick has a Jurisprudence essay titled “Here’s the Thing About that ‘New’ Supreme Court Ethics Code.”

Posted at 9:36 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ken Paxton names administrative law expert with conservative bona fides Texas’ solicitor general; Aaron Nielson will take a one-year leave of absence from BYU’s law school to lead the influential unit within the attorney general’s office”: Eleanor Klibanoff of The Texas Tribune has this report.

David Thomas of Reuters reports that “Texas’ Paxton picks Kirkland lawyer, ex-Alito clerk as solicitor general.”

And Ryan Autullo of Bloomberg Law reports that “Paxton Taps Brigham Young Professor as Texas Solicitor General; Nielson replaces Judd Stone, who left for private practice; Nielson is a former partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.”

Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a news release titled “Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Appoints Aaron Niel­son as Solic­i­tor General.”

Posted at 9:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“A ‘Brilliant’ New Jersey Judge Has Died; The judge was wealthy and didn’t need to earn a living, and as a woman, she was not encouraged to participate in her family’s real estate business, said James Grimmelmann, a former law clerk”: Charles Toutant of New Jersey Law Journal has this report.

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“Supreme Court Rejects Case on Outdoor Exercise for Prisoner in Solitary; The court’s three liberal justices dissented, saying that the prisoner, Michael Johnson, should be able to challenge prolonged denial of fresh air”: Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this report.

Posted at 8:47 PM by Howard Bashman

“How Millions of Borrowers Got $127 Billion in Student Loans Canceled: The Biden administration may have been blocked from canceling debt for tens of millions of borrowers by the Supreme Court, but it has still managed to eliminate billions in education debt.” Stacy Cowley of The New York Times has this report.

Posted at 1:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court refuses to correct prolonged solitary confinement, provoking liberal dissent; Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson said a lower court failed to consider whether leaving an inmate in solitary confinement for three years resulted in cruel and unusual punishment”: Kelsey Reichmann of Courthouse News Service has this report.

Posted at 1:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald Trump’s Older Sister, Dies at 86; Ms. Barry, a former federal judge, served as her brother’s protector and critic throughout their lives”: Maggie Haberman and William K. Rashbaum of The New York Times have this report.

Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Second Amendment: Will the Supreme Court Adhere to Bruen in Rahimi and Beyond?” The Federalist Society has posted this video on YouTube.

Posted at 10:36 AM by Howard Bashman

Access today’s Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court: At this link. The Court granted review in one case and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one case.

And in Johnson v. Prentice, No. 22–693, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued a dissent, in which Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined, from the denial of certiorari, arguing instead that this case presented appropriate circumstances for summary reversal.

Posted at 9:51 AM by Howard Bashman