An observer who left the Supreme Court chamber halfway through Wednesday’s argument in a major civil rights case could easily have concluded that Justice Antonin Scalia is ready to give the law in that case a much broader scope to protec…
Argument analysis: Scalia versus Scalia on housing law?
On same-sex marriage, what is settled, what is not
Reprinted from Constitution Daily, the blog of the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia By Lyle Denniston, adviser on constitutional literacy to the National Constitution Center
Argument preview: That housing bias issue is back
On Wednesday morning, after opinions are released at ten o’clock, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument on the issue of how difficult it will be to prove discrimination in home sales or rentals, in the case of Texas Department of …
Opinion analysis: New but narrow option for death-row inmates
Opening the federal courthouse door slightly to state death-row inmates whose lawyers sloppily miss a deadline, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a new lawyer ought to be available to take up the cause, even if that is years later. The Court f…
Argument analysis: Running for a court seat, tin cup in hand?
Florida used to have a tawdry reputation for corrupt judges, but one of the state’s key remedies for that may have gone too far. That, at least, was the impression that emerged from an hour of argument Tuesday on the constitutional…
Argument preview: Judges, politics, and money
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hold one hour of oral argument on the solicitation of campaign donations by judicial candidates, in the case of Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar. Arguing for the candidate will be Andrew J. Pincus…
A quiet departure for Al-Marri
Analysis Every time a detainee is released from Guantanamo and sent to another country, it makes headlines. But very few people noticed last week as another man caught up in what was the “war on terror,” Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, left for his home country, Qatar. Still, it was al-Marri who came close to making constitutional history… Read More
Court will rule on same-sex marriage (UPDATED)
UPDATE 7:51 p.m. The Obama administration will file a brief in the same-sex marriage cases, supporting equal access to marital rights in all of the states, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.
Taking on a historic c…
Oklahoma executions allowed to resume (UPDATED)
(UPDATED 9:14 p.m. Oklahoma completed the execution of Charles Frederick Warner less than an hour after the Supreme Court had acted.)
Nearly nine months after a widely criticized execution that went seriously awry in …
Launching today — Welcome to lyldenlawnews!
The slow, sometimes halting progress toward life in the digital age picks up a bit today, with this launch of a new website. Some of what you will see here will look the same — close coverage of the Supreme Court, keeping up with lower courts, and watching the law as an always fascinating human… Read More