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October, 2012

October 31, 2012

Case Update. On Thursday, November 1st, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Chaidez v. United States, after postponing its Tuesday sitting due to Hurricane Sandy.  

October 25, 2012

Case Update: On Friday, October 26, 2012, the Supreme Court is scheduled to consider whether it will grant review in Delling v. Idaho, which raises the issue of whether it is constitutional for a state to refuse to recognize the insanity defense in criminal cases.   Constitutional Accountability Center has urged the Court to hear this case and hold that, consistent with constitutional text and history, such a defense must be provided in criminal cases.

October 25, 2012

The parties’ briefing in Clapper v.

October 23, 2012

Earlier today, the Supreme Court made short work of an attempt by conservative activists to throw the nation’s system of campaign finance regulation into further disarray on the eve of the 2012 election.

October 18, 2012

In Tuesday night’s debate, President Obama reaffirmed the skills that, immediately after his 2008 victory over Senator John McCain, prompted his opponent’s chief strategist Steve Schmidt to praise his “once-in-a-generation eloquence” and “ice-cold discipline about the execution of his campaign message.”  But on Tuesday against 2012 challenger Mitt Romney, the President also missed an invaluable opportunity to address the future of the Supreme Court and explain why, hanging in the balance on that issue are pocket-book protections vital to women, retirees, consumers, workers, depositors, smal

October 16, 2012

Lyle Denniston picks up Tom Donnelly’s post-debate piece in his “Constitution Check” post this morning.

From Constitution Daily at the National Constitution Center:

October 11, 2012

Sometime in the coming weeks, the Supreme Court is widely expected to grant review in Shelby County v Holder, setting up a huge constitutional showdown over the constitutionality of the preclearance requirement contained in Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, in many ways the heart and soul of the Act.  In the meantime, a string of conservative judges have been quietly but powerfully making the case why the preclearance provision of the Votin

October 11, 2012

While pundits have already picked through the bones of last Wednesday’s debate in Denver – from Big Bird, to Mitt 3.0, to our disappointingly dour President – one exchange hasn’t received adequate attention: the candidates’ dueling responses to Jim Lehrer’s question on the “mission of the federal government.”

October 2, 2012

In a campaign season packed with trivia and diversion, Lehrer’s decision to have the candidates discuss their views on the role of government hits upon the central issue in this election, and the defining controversy that has divided our major parties over the last four years.