Year Four of our online game of Dungeons and Dragons for NFL fans.
In which Presidential peccadilloes, parables of patrimony, and persuasive proof pool to peer into a prosaic psyche.
Looking for suggestions in the decidedly unlikely event of lunch with a member of Congress.
Ice cream. It’s all that.
But Burt Likko can’t enjoy it because his wallet’s fat.
Even when they’re really rich and really famous and really attractive, other peoples’ actual lives are typically insipid.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Test Clause predictably collide with Obergefell v. Hodges in Eastern Kentucky.
If we live in the age of the politics of personality, then perhaps litigation offers a window to a candidate’s embittered, unpleasant soul.
Monogamous marriage is the right choice for Burt Likko, but mocking those who make a different choice strikes him as very much the wrong way for conservatives to go about their business.
It’s a beautiful dream, coming true, in our very lifetimes!
A condemned man in Tennessee wants his lawyers to depose the people who would be his executioners.
A snapshot of a crowded campaign, taken right as the gate opens.
I’ve never done this before — promoted my own comment, that is. But I think I got a pretty decent thought out there.
It’s about the journey more than the destination: a glimpse into one summer day in DTLA.
Sometimes you have to do things the old-fashioned way.
The wisdom of a sports movie and the insight of a litigator show that the best time is now — right now — for the nation to reconcile some of its deep social fissures.
The Supreme Court adjourns for the Term with decisions about redistricting, air pollution, and executions. Burt Likko summarizes each of them, and offers a sad observation about judicial comity losing one of its most prominent sentinels,
The legal writing in Obergefell v. Hodges is both a model and a caution for future writers, especially those who, like lawyers, would write to persuade.
Obergefell was announced by SCOTUS this morning. 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage rights. Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to both issues SSM licenses and to recognize licenses issued by other states. Opinion by Kennedy. Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito all dissent, mostly joining one anothers’ dissents. My office scheduled a 9:30 new client intake…
Chief Justice Roberts was nearly silent during oral argument, and then wrote the 6-3 majority opinion in today’s Obamacare case. Burt Likko replies to Justice Antonin Scalia’s accusations of through-the-looking-glass judicial activism.
Strong is the desire for vengeance. Pretends to be “justice,” vengeance does.
But down that path, no benefit will you find.
An underwhelming report from SCOTUS this morning.
What happens when a fraternal organization, dedicated to commemorating Confederate veterans of the U.S. Civil War, declares “all in” before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case where there appear to be two directly controlling yet contradictory cases and the ideological alignments of the Justices are apparently inverted? Burt Likko breaks down today’s license plate case.
Goldbugs on the loose in Austin!
A FAQ about that last episode. Totally rot13’d. For the post is dark, and full of spoilers.
The calendar has become short — and heavy.
Movies, sports, food, relaxation, fun times. At least, hopefully that’s the sort of thing that your weekend promises!
When a Supreme Court Justice calls an entire city a “delicate subject,” there’s pretty much only one city he could be talking about. Burt Likko breaks down today’s division-of-powers decision.
If an employer sees that a job applicant seems to have some sort of religious need for accommodation contrary to the employer’s policies, isn’t the safer thing for the interviewer to do to avoid dealing with the applicant’s religion at all? Antonin Scalia answers that question and Burt Likko breaks down today’s moderately surprising 8-1 decision.
…Although what they actually did say is really weird.
In a sense, it is the perfect speculative fiction novel, even as it pays unspoken homage to a similarly-themed book by very different authors from thirty-eight years ago.
Outrage drives media sales, after all, nearly as well as does fear and possibly better than does envy. … Fortunately, the law offers a reasonable response to that which is seemingly so outrageous.
It’s that time of year again.
The fight in the ring in Las Vegas last weekend was not nearly as tedious as the ones coming up in the courtroom are going to be.
This could be an awesome series of posts.
If the three-drug cocktail used for capital punishment is found cruel and unusual, how ever shall we kill our prisoners?