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Referencing Kavanaugh, Sotomayor says: ‘We are going to let these times pass’

Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Univision this week that the U.S. Supreme Court has welcomed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and, “We are going to let these times pass.”

Sotomayor said there is…

Who is your legal icon?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has ascended to pop culture prominence, as shown on the October cover of the ABA Journal. Ginsburg’s trailblazing career has drawn a wide range of admirers beyond those who hope for her Supreme Court intercession.

Chief justice addresses ‘contentious events,’ says Supreme Court serves one nation, not one party
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. didn’t refer to Justice Brett Kavanaugh by name when he told an audience in Minneapolis on Tuesday that he wanted to address "contentious events in Washington in recent weeks." But Roberts did paraphrase Kavanaugh’s Wall Street Journal op-ed when he emphasized that the court differs from the political branches of government.
Supreme Court to decide whether public access channel can be sued for First Amendment violation
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the operator of a public-access TV channel is a state actor who can be sued by two producers for an alleged First Amendment violation. The case raises a broader question of whether private property can be a public forum, according to Howe on the Court and the Constitution Daily.
Chief justice refers ethics complaints against Kavanaugh to 10th Circuit

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has referred ethics complaints filed against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In his first Supreme Court arguments, Kavanaugh takes serious approach and loses some ‘faceoffs’

Justice Brett Kavanaugh waited about 20 minutes before asking a question during his first oral arguments on the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

We need to talk about abortion, says author of ‘Scarlet A’
Three in 10 American women who are 45 or older have had an abortion, Katie Watson, author of Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law & Politics of Ordinary Abortion, tells the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles. For women 44 and younger, one in four are projected to have an abortion in their lifetime. Yet for all the fiery rhetoric about the legality of abortion, Watson–who teaches bioethics, medical humanities and constitutional law at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine–has found a reluctance by people to discuss their own personal experiences with abortion, or even the nuances of their views on its ethics.
Sotomayor expresses ‘deeply troubling concern’ about solitary confinement in cert denial

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday expressed “deeply troubling concern” about solitary confinement conditions that deny prisoners “even a moment in daylight for months or years.”

Meet Justice Kavanaugh’s four female law clerks, a hiring first

Justice Brett Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court on Tuesday with a staff of four female law clerks.

It’s the first time any justice on the court has hired a clerking…

DC Circuit receives complaints about Kavanaugh, reportedly sends them to Supreme Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has received complaints about Brett Kavanaugh’s statements during hearings on his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a statement Saturday by a judge on the federal appeals court.

Senate confirms Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

The Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday following a tempestuous confirmation battle in which the federal appeals judge strongly denied allegations of sexual assault.

Legal aid program in Oklahoma is dedicated to representing moms in trouble
Still She Rises seeks to address criminalization and incarceration of women in Oklahoma, focusing on helping indigent mothers in northern Tulsa, a historically impoverished and underresourced community. Still She Rises began taking clients in January 2017 as the first pro bono law office in the country specifically dedicated to representing mothers involved in the criminal justice system.
Supreme Court considers whether prisoner with dementia and no memory of his crime should be executed
The Supreme Court granted full review of Alabama death row prisoner Vernon Madison’s case. The issue is whether the Eighth Amendment and relevant court precedents permit a state to execute someone who whose mental disability leaves him without memory of his commission of the capital offense, and whether evolving standards of decency bar the execution of a prisoner whose competency has been compromised by vascular dementia and multiple strokes.
Would Pope’s rejection of death penalty have changed Scalia’s opinion?
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago told American Bar Association members that if Justice Antonin Scalia, a devout Catholic, had lived to hear the pope’s death penalty proclamation, he might have reconsidered his position supporting capital punishment.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become an unlikely pop culture icon
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has built a career overcoming the odds. That she has crossed over into the mainstream says a lot about where this country is today, as well as what kind of heroes people are looking for.

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