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  • Argument analysis: Thirty years later, “1984″ is still scary

    published at SCOTUSblog - 7 readers

    Analysis It has been all of thirty years since George Orwell’s “1984,” but imagery from that novel can still be scary, indeed.  The image of a “Ministry of Truth” was floated in the Supreme Court’s chamber on Tuesday, and it drew the Justices away from the constitutional issue actually before ...

  • Opinion analysis: Big new role for anonymous tipsters

    published at SCOTUSblog

    Analysis Starting with one unproved claim from an unknown source, letting it lead to a supposition, and then allowing it to justify taking action, the Supreme Court in a closely divided ruling Tuesday gave police broad new authority to turn anonymous tips into traffic stops, and then, often, i...

  • Argument preview: Attack ads and the First Amendment

    SCOTUSblog - - 2 readers - At 10 a.m. next Tuesday, the Supreme Court continues its current fascination with free speech and the First Amendment, exploring at a one-hour hearing when an advocacy group can challenge a restriction on election campaign rhe...
  • Argument preview: Free TV, at a bargain price?

    SCOTUSblog - - At 11 a.m. next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument on copyright issues surrounding a new technology for Internet streaming of free TV programs to customers for a monthly fee.  Arguing for the over-t...

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  • Opinion analysis: Dividing the duty to pay for child porn

    … Analysis Each individual — among hundreds and maybe thousands — found guilty of keeping and looking at images of a child being sexually abused must pay the victim something more than a “trivial” sum, but none of them can be required to pay for all that the victim has lost, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a five-to-four decision…

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  • Opinion analysis: Big new role for anonymous tipsters

    … Analysis Starting with one unproved claim from an unknown source, letting it lead to a supposition, and then allowing it to justify taking action, the Supreme Court in a closely divided ruling Tuesday gave police broad new authority to turn anonymous tips into traffic stops, and then, often, into arrests.  Dividing five to four, the Court…

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  • Argument analysis: Thirty years later, “1984″ is still scary

    … Analysis It has been all of thirty years since George Orwell’s “1984,” but imagery from that novel can still be scary, indeed.  The image of a “Ministry of Truth” was floated in the Supreme Court’s chamber on Tuesday, and it drew the Justices away from the constitutional issue actually before them. When the Justices agreed to hear the case…

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  • Argument analysis: Slipping down the digital slope

    … Analysis In the digital age, perhaps only someone as old as Justice Stephen G. Breyer (or older) would fret about what might happen to a store that sells “phonograph records.”  It is doubtful, in the extreme, whether there are any of those anymore, but no matter: Breyer and other Justices searched on Tuesday for ways to demonstrate…

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  • Opinion analysis: Affirmative action — up to the voters

    … Analysis Casting aside a three-decade-old constitutional theory that allowed racial minorities to protect public policies that favor equality, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a state’s voters have the power to stop officials from using race to shape government programs.  The lead opinion expressed the confident belief that the Court…

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  • Argument preview: Free TV, at a bargain price?

    … organizations, small and independent broadcasters, satellite TV networks, digital open source advocates, computer development companies, copyright law professors, and Film On X — a firm that offers a service similar to Aereo’s and has also been a target of several lawsuits by broadcasters. Analysis In some significant ways, this case puts the Court…

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  • Argument preview: Attack ads and the First Amendment

    … facing the state’s solicitor, Eric E. Murphy, who will be making his first appearance before the Justices. Analysis One of the main tasks facing the Justices as they take up this case will be to discipline themselves to keep their attention focused on the questions they have actually agreed to decide:  that is, how and when may a court case go…

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