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Tuesday round-up

Tuesday round-up

Yesterday North Carolina asked the Supreme Court to step into the dispute over its 2013 election law and allow it to use several provisions of that law – including a requirement that voters present a photo ID – in the November 2016 elections.  I covered the request at my blog, with other coverage coming from Lyle Denniston at his blog, Josh Gerstein of Politico, and Robert Barnes of The Washington Post, and commentary from Rick Hasen at his Election Law Blog.

Elsewhere at his eponymous blog, Lyle Denniston reports that the full Ninth Circuit has declined to weigh in on the constitutionality of California’s gun control laws, raising the possibility that the dispute could move on to the Supreme Court; other coverage comes from Bob Egelko of SFGate.

In The Washington Post, Mike DeBonis reports on the role that the Supreme Court and the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland have played in the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and “some emerging evidence that Clinton would stand firm on Garland should she win.”  Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett of Politico similarly report that “[t]op Senate Democrats are pushing Hillary Clinton to renominate Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, a move party strategists argue would give her an early advantage against Republicans if she wins the presidency.”


  • In U.S. Law Week, Kimberly Robinson reports that the Court’s “June decision invalidating Texas abortion restrictions could make it harder for states to justify voting restrictions.”
  • David Savage of the Los Angeles Times reports that an “electoral lock” in North Carolina “may prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at the old question of whether extreme partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional, denying voters an equal chance to have their voices heard.”
  • Jessica Reyes and Matthew Albright of The (Delaware) News Journal report that, although Delaware’s attorney general will not ask the U.S. Supreme to review a “a Delaware Supreme Court ruling that found the state’s death penalty law unconstitutional, he still plans to push for the 13 men currently on death row to be executed.”
  • At Lyle Denniston Law News, Lyle Denniston reports that the family at the center of the reality TV show Sister Wives, which had challenged Utah’s anti-polygamy law, plans to ask the Court to weigh in on their case after a federal appeals court ruled that it was moot.
  • At Reason TV (video), Randy Barnett discusses (among other things) “why Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was right to apologize for her critical remarks about” Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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