Monthly Archives: June 2012

New Merits Briefs Filed by Cockle Printing

Brief for Respondent in Florida v. Jardines, No. 11-564, filed on June 25, 2012 Reply Brief in Johnson v. Williams, No. 11-465, filed on June 28, 2012

A Halfway House Nightmare

When I saw that halfway houses were trending on Twitter last week, I almost started laughing. I didn’t know what the story was about, but I could take an educated guess. In case you missed it, the New York Times ran a series of pieces on the deplorable conditions at private New Jersey halfway houses. Then, [...]
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Supreme Court hands major First Amendment victory to workers

The Supreme Court today issued its decision in Knox v. SEIU, the union fees case in which PLF (joined by Cato, MSLF, and CCJ), filed this amicus brief. The case was about whether the union violated the law by requiring non-members to pay a special assessment to support a political campaign without first issuing the [...]

Road to Washington

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To quote my Constitutional Law professor, G. Michael Fenner, “it’s about power.” Last month, Cockle Printing filed two petitions for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court: Wyoming v. USDA, et al., and Colorado Mining Association v. USDA, et al. [The Court has vided these cases at: 11-1378 and 11-1384, respectively]. Petitioners asked whether [...]

Where’s the Record? UPDATE

UPDATE: On Thursday, the Court denied cert, over a rare written dissent from Justice Sotomayor. You can see other coverage in the ABA Journal, Courthouse News Service, and at the AllGov website. On March 13, 2012, we printed and filed the Petition in Fairey v. Tucker, 11-7185. In the Conference of April 16th, the Court requested the record [...]
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My Thoughts on the NBA Finals

I’m not one to toot my own horn, but if you go back and look at my predictions from when the NBA Playoffs were just starting you’ll see the only series I got wrong was the Chicago/Philadelphia match-up in the first round. And who can blame me? I’m a homer. If I were from Montana [...]
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Absolute Immunity: The Supreme Court Punts on Whether Members of the Bush Administration Are Liable for Torture

Can our public officials arrest and torture American citizens without fear of accountability? The answer is a resounding yes. Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied the petition filed on behalf of Jose Padilla, an American citizen who was arrested by the FBI in 2002 at Chicago O’Hare airport. The U.S. Government designated Padilla as an enemy combatant [...]

Unprecedented and Unbounded: The Wily Paul Clement

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While reading my first-year Constitutional Law textbook, I noticed a line that made me pause mid-sip from a cup of coffee. I reread the line written by Chief Justice John Roberts, and I stopped, again. No, can’t be. The line comes from a 2007 case called United Haulers Ass’n, Inc. v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management [...]
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New Merits Briefs Filed by Cockle Printing

Brief for Petitioner in Ryan v. Gonzales, No. 10-930, filed on May 25, 2012 Respondent’s Brief on the Merits in Johnson v. Williams, No. 11-465, filed on May 29, 2012