Michael Doyle at McClatchy News says the U.S. Supreme Court is about to start its "most interesting term in years." Just in time, The Atlantic rounds up its "Top Ten Supreme Court Previews," which includes this warning:
If you watch the Heritage Foundation video right before the ACS video, or vice versa, your head may explode with wonderment that these learned people are all talking about the same cases before the same court.
Meanwhile, Tony Mauro at National Law Journal interviews four experts -- Lisa Blatt, head of the appellate practice at Arnold & Porter; former Solicitor General Paul Clement; former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal; and George Washington Law School associate dean Alan Morrison. The interview is notable for a candid little scrap over the political treatment of cases on affirmative action, gay rights and abortion in the Solicitor General's office. Also of note:
- Paul Clement calls Justice Scalia's view of the 1st Amendment as expressed in the violent video game case "very extreme."
- Morrison calls AT&T v Concepcion a "coup de grace" for class actions, but says there were at least eight cases at where corporations lost "big-time."
- Katyal says the frequency of the questions from this Court's bench is "really quite striking," "closer to 100 than 50, the number of questions in every half-hour argument. It's a lot.
- Blatt calls Justice Kagan's opinions "very entertaining."