"Big Case Stirs Up This 'Hot Bench'":
Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin will have this article
Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.
"A Moment of Silence for Obamacare: Prayers, depression, and Latin phrases. Obamacare looks to have had another very bad day."
Dahlia Lithwick has this Supreme Court dispatch
online at Slate.
"Did Bloggers Kill the Health Care Mandate? A handful of right-wing legal experts have changed the way Americans view the Affordable Care Act. But why did they wage this battle in the media instead of in the courtroom?"
Adam Teicholz has this interesting essay
online at The Atlantic.
"Court says lawsuit alleging bogus parking tickets can proceed":
The Chicago Tribune has this news update
reporting on a ruling
that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
"Justices Ask if Health Law Is Viable Without Mandate":
Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this news update
Robert Barnes and N.C. Aizenman of The Washington Post have a news update headlined "On health-care hearing's last day, court weighs severability, Medicaid expansion." In addition, columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. has an essay entitled "Judicial activists in the Supreme Court."
David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Justices suggest Medicaid expansion is unconstitutional." The newspaper also has a news update headlined "'No contingency planning' at White House if healthcare repealed."
Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal has a news update headlined "Justices Question Extent of Federal Power; Arguments Over Health-Care Law Veer Into a Challenge to Medicaid as Obama's Signature Measure Faces a Rough Ride." The newspaper also has a news update headlined "Health Case Ripples Outward; Ruling Against Mandate Would Pressure Insurers, Loom Large in November Election."
Richard Wolf and Brad Heath of USA Today has a news update headlined "Justices weigh health law's fate if no insurance mandate."
Michael Doyle and David Lightman of McClatchy Newspapers report that "Supreme Court wraps up arguments over health care law." And Erika Bolstad has an article headlined "Who's the woman out front against health care law? Florida AG Pam Bondi."
Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Supreme Court justices appear poised to sweep aside entire health-care law; Conservative Supreme Court justices argued Wednesday morning that without the individual mandate, the entire 2,700-page health-care law must be invalidated in full."
Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post has an article headlined "In Health Care Case, The Roberts Court Comes Of Age."
And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has posts titled "Argument recap: A lift for the mandate?" and "Argument recap: Will Medicaid be sacrificed?"
"Some justices seem open to saving parts of law":
Mark Sherman and Pete Yost of The Associated Press have this report
"White House voices confidence in solicitor general":
The Associated Press has this report
Fortunately, the Solicitor General is not employed as the manager of a baseball team, because (as noted here) "Usually a vote of confidence from management is not a good omen for a baseball manager. More often than not, the manager is fired a short time later."
"Obamacare at the Court: Contortions All Around."
Law professor Jeffrey Rosen
will have this essay
in the April 19, 2012 issue of The New Republic.
Access online today's ruling in argued cases of the U.S. Supreme Court:
The Court today issued three rulings in argued cases.
1. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. delivered the opinion of the Court in FAA v. Cooper, No. 10-1024. Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer joined. Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the ruling. You can access the oral argument via this link.
2. Justice Ginsburg delivered the opinion of the Court in Vartelas v. Holder, No. 10-1211. Justice Antonin Scalia issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Clarence Thomas and Alito joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.
3. And Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court in Setser v. United States, No. 10-7387. Justice Breyer issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Ginsburg joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.
In early news coverage, The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Man can't sue gov't over records sharing."
"Supreme Court sets up doubleheader finale on ObamaCare hearing":
FoxNews.com has this report
James Vicini and Joan Biskupic of Reuters report that "Supreme Court weighs all-or-nothing on healthcare law."
Greg Stohr and Bob Drummond of Bloomberg News report that "Court Considers Health Law Fate If Coverage Rule Voided."
Politico.com reports that "Medicaid ruling could have far-reaching impact."
Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post has an article headlined "Health Reform In Supreme Court: End Of Affordable Care Act?"
Time magazine has an article headlined "Inside the Supreme Court: Why Obamacare Supporters Are Getting So Nervous."
And ABC News has a blog post titled "Six Years of Silence for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas."
"Supreme Court TV cancelled: Televised judicial proceedings would educate and ensure transparency."
Emily Miller of The Washington Times has this op-ed
"Back home, NJ Supreme Court nominee is just Mr. Mayor": This article
appears today in The Bergen Record.
"'I Do Not Think the United States Would Come to an End': If the Supreme Court stopped telling Congress and the president which laws they can pass."
Law professor Jamal Greene
has this jurisprudence essay
online at Slate.
"Appeals court restores rules for Minnesota judicial races": This article
appears today in The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
And The Associated Press reports that "Wersal to take judicial politics case to U.S. Supreme Court again."
My earlier coverage of yesterday's en banc Eighth Circuit ruling appears at this link.
"Arizona Supreme Court hears Mesa tattoo case":
Today's edition of The Arizona Republic contains an article
that begins, "The Arizona Supreme Court is deliberating whether the First Amendment rights of tattoo artists trump a city's right to regulate them under zoning codes."
"Evidence vs. Orie hangs over Melvin": This article
appears today in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
And The Associated Press reports that "Orie's acquittal on Melvin charges raises question."
"Fast-track plea on gay marriage":
At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post
that begins, "Seeking a fast track for two test cases on the constitutionality of the federal law barring benefits for legally-married same-sex couples, the Obama Administration this week asked the Ninth Circuit Court to go directly into review before a full 11-judge bench instead of a three-judge panel." You can access the federal government's motion for initial hearing en banc at this link
"Citizens United sequel filed":
Lyle Denniston has this post
The Associated Press has a report headlined "Group formally requests Supreme Court to decide on campaign spending law" that begins, "A conservative group challenging some Montana limits on corporate campaign spending is formally asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case."
And the James Madison Center for Free Speech issued a news release yesterday headlined "U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Montana Rejection of Citizens United."
You can access the petition for writ of certiorari at this link.
"Justices Question Health Law":
Jess Bravin has this article
today in The Wall Street Journal.
Laura Litvan and Kathleen Hunter of Bloomberg News report that "Both Parties See Signs They'll Win in U.S. Health Ruling."
David Ingram of Reuters reports that "Twitter coverage of Supreme Court gets shut down."
And Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal has an article headlined "For the lawyers, a contrast in styles during Tuesday's arguments."