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Monday Round-Up

Publication Date: 
June 28, 2010
Source: 
SCOTUSBlog
Author: 
Adam Chandler

Lecturer and founder of SCOTUSblog Thomas Goldstein is mentioned for his commentary on the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings:

For all round-up coverage of Elena Kagan since her nomination, see our collection of past links on SCOTUSwiki. Staff picks are marked by asterisks.

Because of the convergence of several major Court-related events, the media’s attention is fixed on the Court to an uncommon degree. Many journalists and commentators spent the weekend previewing Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings, which begin today, as well as the final day of the Term (also today), which is expected to bring decisions in four high-profile cases and Justice Stevens’ last appearance on the bench. Amidst the eager anticipation for the events of this week, the Supreme Court released sobering news: Justice Ginsburg’s husband Marty passed away yesterday. This round-up will begin with coverage of Marty Ginsburg’s death, followed by the weekend’s reporting on the Kagan nomination, the four outstanding cases, and finally, several recently decided cases.

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The Kagan Nomination

The Hill has an interview with SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein previewing the confirmation hearings. Tom will also be online with the Washington Post at 3 p.m. EST today to discuss the hearings. A post at Constitutional Law Prof Blog collects materials from the Senate Judiciary Committee, including a list of witnesses for the hearings, and the Associated Press (via CBSNews.com) offers a primer on the members of the Judiciary Committee (“[a] cast of graybeards, rising stars and a lame duck once in charge”). NPR and ABC News have their own primers for the hearings.

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The Four Outstanding Cases

At SCOTUSblog, Tom Goldstein predicts the authors and outcomes of the four remaining cases of the Term: Bilski v. Kappos, on “business method” patents, Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Sarbanes-Oxley case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, the Second Amendment case, and Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, on religious student groups at public schools. The WSJ Law Blog also covers the basics on all four cases, which are expected to make up what it calls “Big Monday.”