Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court Decisions are Flying Fast and (Literally) Furious

I haven't had time to read any of the new rulings yet, but would note that: private property owners were 3-0 before the Court this term in takings cases; the Court struck a major provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (only 38 years after its enactment); and issued an ambiguous non-ruling on affirmative action in higher education.

In sum, the conservative revolution on the SCOTUS continues but remains inchoate. Affirmative action persists, Obamacare survived judicial review, and Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. Meanwhile, Justice Alito has come in for some well-deserved ribbing for his disrespectful behavior when "Liberal" justices read out opinions with which he (obviously) disagrees (see here).

For a full run-down on the latest rulings, I recommend the SCOTUS blog (here). I might (or might not) have something more to write about the takings rulings (and any environmental decisions) later.

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