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Law profs abound on Biden’s new commission to study changing the Supreme Court
Law professors make up the bulk of the members on President Joe Biden’s newly created Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, tasked with studying proposals to reform the high court.
New PBS documentary shows how one man’s legacy changed the trajectory of American race relations
Individuals and companies reach out to me regularly regarding their new law-related TV projects. Recently, I received an email regarding the new PBS documentary The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, which first aired March 30. I was sent a link to a press preview that gave access to the production prior to its release.
Evidence of jury racial bias in civil trial requires hearing, 6th Circuit says, citing ‘crackhead’ assumption
A federal trial court must hold a hearing to examine potential jury bias after one woman said jurors considered the Black plaintiff to be "a crackhead" and referred to his lawyers as the "Cosby Show," a federal appeals court has ruled.
Breyer says expanding Supreme Court could erode trust, proponents should ‘think long and hard’
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Tuesday proponents of expanding or changing the structure of the U.S. Supreme Court should “think long and hard before embodying those changes in law.”
Supreme Court’s most pro-religion justices since WWII sit on the current court, new study says
The U.S. Supreme Court has supported religion in 81.3% of the religious cases under the leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a big jump from prior years.
Afternoon Briefs: Final 4 justices named in SCOTUSblog brackets; law firms open Northern California offices

SCOTUSblog releases final 4 justices

SCOTUSblog readers have narrowed down the list of justices in the running for the greatest U.S. Supreme Court justice of all time. The March Madness-style…

Can Congress stop Twitter from blocking users? Thomas considers idea as Supreme Court vacates Trump decision
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas considered ways that Congress could regulate Twitter and other digital platforms in a concurrence Monday to the high court’s decision to vacate a decision involving former President Donald Trump.
Google’s use of Java code was fair use, SCOTUS rules in Oracle copyright battle
Google did not violate copyright law when it copied a portion of Java programming language for use in its Android platform for smartphones, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 6-2 decision.
Law prof proposes a middle-ground theory of judging to guide centrist judges
Conservative judges are guided by the original meaning of the Constitution, while liberal judges view the Constitution as a living document. But what about centrist judges?
Supreme Court rules for Facebook in dispute over texts; justices spar over ‘series-qualifier canon’
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for Facebook on Thursday in a dispute over the reach of a law that restricts calls to cellphones made with an “automatic telephone dialing system.”
Chemerinsky: SCOTUS weighs whether freedom of speech applies to students off campus using social media
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its last oral arguments of the term in April, and it will finish with a First Amendment case of potential great importance. Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. involves whether a student can be punished for speech on social media over the weekend.
Supreme Court will decide whether Kentucky AG can pick up defense of invalidated abortion law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron can intervene to defend an invalidated state abortion law after no other state official would continue to defend it.
Biden’s first judicial picks include DC Circuit nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, said to be SCOTUS contender
President Joe Biden announced 11 judicial nominees Tuesday, including three Black women nominated for federal appeals courts.
Supreme Court reinstates murder conviction, says 6th Circuit ignored ‘ample evidence’
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the murder conviction of a Tennessee death-row inmate accused of killing a motel maid, ruling that a federal appeals court had relied on a “fanciful theory” to grant him a new trial.
Afternoon Briefs: State supreme court limits use of bail; prosecutors in this state may face stricter discipline

California judges must consider defendant’s ability to pay when setting bail, ruling says

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it is unconstitutional to keep criminal defendants behind bars simply…

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