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appellate practice judiciary u.s. supreme court
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy provided a crucial swing vote in several important cases this term, siding with his conservative colleagues in split decisions more often than liberals. Sixteen cases were decided by a 5-4 vote this year, and Kennedy joined the majority in 14 of the decisions, the Wall...
Justice Elena Kagan flexed her writing muscle in her dissent on Monday to a Supreme Court ruling striking down Arizona’s campaign finance law. The law overturned by the majority gave publicly financed candidates more public dollars when their privately funded opponents spent more. The 5-4...
Justice Clarence Thomas says his colleagues remain on good terms despite their philosophical disagreements, unlike some critics of the court’s opinions. Many of the critics have apparently never read the cases, Thomas said Tuesday evening at the Augusta Bar Association's Law Day Banquet. The...
Supreme Court litigators don’t speak much more than the justices during oral arguments, according to a first-hand participant, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Justices are “pushing 50 percent” in the number of words spoken at oral argument, Alito told lawyers at a Law Day gathering in...
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has dissented six times so far this term, making her the most frequent dissenter. Justice Antonin Scalia, on the other hand, is the term’s most frequent lone dissenter, writing two dissents that were not joined by any other justices, SCOTUSblog reports. Writing one...