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    Preparing for Supreme Court opinion-release-aggeddon.

    Preparing for Supreme Court opinion-release-aggeddon.

    There are several really important Supreme Court decisions to be handed down tomorrow at 10 a.m., Monday at 10 a.m., or next Thursday at 10 a.m.

    ScotusBlog has a “plain English” summary of the remaining cases, and almost all have huge legal implications (forced union contributions for political purposes, whether FCC indecency standards are unconstitutionally vague, and one which by analogy might be of interest to a certain senatorial candidate, whether a law making it a crime to lie about having received military honors violates the First Amendment).

    But let’s face it, the two biggies are the decisions in Arizona v. U.S. over the Arizona immigration law and, by far the biggiest of the biggies, the Obamacare ruling.

    When either of those come down, the air will be sucked out of the media on all other issues.  If they are handed down the same day, the nation might collapse from lack of oxygen.

    I hope they don’t hold either of the biggies until next Thursday, out of deference for the desire of bloggers not to have to work too hard during any part of the pre-July 4th weekend.

    Prepare for opinion-release-aggeddon.


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    Curious why you think the term won’t end on Monday? Haven’t seen anything on SCOTUSBlog about the term ending Thursday.

    kobayashi | June 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    # I want to read Justice Thomas opinion first thing
    # second I’d like to see who wrote the summary

    That’s for both “Obamacare” but also for “Arizona” when it comes out.

    My reason for that is my discovered enjoyment of Justice Thomas’s opinions but it also appears to me that he has been the author of the summary of many of the decisions in which he was on the majority.

    On memory [and keeping in mind I’m a techie who barely scraped by Bus Law 101] I think he authored the “Citizens United” decision which drew so much fire and ire in the following “State of the Union”.

    # There are non-trivial rumors that the administration is preparing to tear down the second amendment if they are re-elected.

    # I adore the last ten pages of Judge Vinson’s decision in the district court case; I’m hoping at least some of that makes it’s way to at least one of the opinions [and hopefully the Decision].

    # Again as someone who could barely spell “Supreme Court” in 2007, and whose parents and grandparents were too young to have known about “Helvering” – it has amazed me how our demonstrably super-genius Administration took Helvering as a paint-by-numbers template for Obamacare.

    # To me it seems this administration is modeling itself on the FDR administration particularly 1933 through 1938, I’m just hoping enough voters………………

    Doug Wright | June 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    @Suedoctor: Really do beware the desire to have another constitutional convention. The one in 1787-88 was convened for one purpose and came out with another quite different result, but it that instance, quite a good result too.

    However, the point is that there doesn’t seem to be any way to put a tether on such a convention except for voting to either ratify or deny that convention’s results. And, the procedure for voting on that convention’s results might be open to different interpretations, the last one defined its own ratification process but could a new one get away with doing that?

    The point is that a new constitutional convention would not have a defined limit set upon its objectives, other than what the convention itself agreed to.

    Such a new convention could open a likely nastiness unlike anything seen in this country since 1861, which would seem to be mild compared to the new event.

    Cheers and hope for the best, especially for a change in the executive office. 🙂

    Otherwise 🙁

    Wouldn’t bother me if it is handed down on July 3,2012 at 4:59pm Eastern.

    If SB1070 is upheld & Obamacare meets its maker that day and time, the left will be the fireworks displays best observed pausing only to pop popcorn during their collective inhales of air between the mass screams and coast-to-coast Liberal PTSD triggerings on a continental scale echoing across the globe in overheated political tsunamis.

    Without a doubt, Team Obama has their play books for each case, each decision yea or ney, having already been passed out the the Liberal Media Complex.

    Watch for the triggering of simultaneously timed explosions of the same exact talking points from every liberal television and radio news broadcasting company, on que.

    They are nothing if not organized and Pavlovian to a fault.
    Twitter will go into China Syndrome state triggering Political Defcon 1, regardless of time, date, decision/s.

    Southern Union Company v. United States
    Justice Sotomayor has opinion. The rule of Apprendi v. NJ applies to the imposition of criminal fines. The First Circuit is reversed. The vote is 6-3.
    Justice Breyer dissents, joined by Kennedy and Alito.

    Knox v. SEIU, 10-1121. Opinion by Alito.
    The Ninth Circuit is reversed. Justice Sotomayor concurs in the judgment, joined by Ginsburg. It appears to be 7-2; Breyer dissented, joined by Kagan.
    The Court rules that the case is not moot, first. It then rules on the merits: the union’s treatment of nonmembers who had opted out when they got notice of the dues ran afoul of the First Amendment.

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