The Obama administration made a really dangerous and ignorant argument to the Supreme Court yesterday, which could have an insanely damaging impact on innovation -- and it appears to be because Solicitor General Donald Verrilli (yes, the MPAA's old top lawyer) is absolutely clueless about some rather basic concepts concerning programming. Show More Summary
Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS? Ever argued about weed before SCOTUS... while high? The Supreme Court asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. to weigh in on the marijuana border wars suit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska against Colorado. Show More Summary
Some commentators are praising Donald Verrilli's performance as the Obama administration's rep at the high court, but there are those who found him too low-key. read more
BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN THIS ANALYSIS IS CONTINUED FROM PART 1. Before we get to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued after Ms. Bonauto on the first question -- does the Fourteenth Amendment require all states to let gays marry...
We’re little more than a month away from marriage equality oral arguments at the Supreme Court—but one major question still looms: Who’s going to argue this thing? Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. will probably get a few minutes before the justices to explain why the federal government favors same-sex marriage. Show More Summary
As Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. prepares to defend Obamacare before the Supreme Court Wednesday, his colleagues at the Justice Department are getting ready to announce the conclusions of their probe of Ferguson, Mo., police. Their findings aren't news to residents of Ferguson and St. Louis County: officers routinely and disproportionately stop black drivers […]
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., who successfully defended President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law in 2012, is among the possible candidates to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder.
Last year, we noted that US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli had lied to the Supreme Court in Amnesty International's lawsuit about warrantless wiretapping. If you don't recall, Amnesty International had sued about the program, butShow More Summary
Yesterday, I trashed Jeffrey Toobin's write-up of oral argument the Hobby Lobby case. I wrote:The stupidest sentence in the article is this:Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who was defending the law, invested heavily in the argument...Show More Summary
After forcing Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act could force for-profit corporations to pay for employees’ abortions, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed rather pleased with himself. [New York Times] Sidley Austin just hired a major M&A heavy hitter away from General Electric’s legal department. Show More Summary
The U.S. Solicitor General has asked the Supreme Court to argue the Aereo case in favor of the broadcast networks, The Wrap reports: U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who previously filed a friend of the court brief siding...Show More Summary
Andrew M. Grossman The Obama Administration appeared prepared to abandon a major portion of its initial greenhouse gas regulatory scheme in oral argument before the Supreme Court today. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, defending aShow More Summary
When Solicitor General Donald Verrilli stands before the U.S. Supreme Court next month to defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against the charge that it violates religious freedom by requiring employers to provide certain...Show More Summary
“Your argument is, it seems to me, in search of a limiting principle,” Justice Anthony Kennedy told President Barack Obama’s lawyer on Jan. 13 at the Supreme Court. That lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, was explaining when Obama can appoint top government officials and federal judges without Senate confirmation. Show More Summary
We've been following the crazy story of the Solicitor General of the US, Donald Verrilli, making blatantly false statements to the Supreme Court concerning how the feds would have to reveal to defendants that some of the evidence used against them came from secretive NSA data collection methods. Show More Summary
We've written a few times now about the fact that US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli pretty clearly made false statements to the Supreme Court in a key case concerning NSA warrantless wiretapping. The case, Clapper v. Amnesty International, mainly focused on who had standing to challenge warrantless wiretaps performed by the NSA. Show More Summary
I was supremely honored to be asked by SCOTUSBlog to sit for an interview as part of its new SCOTUSblog on camera interview series. Others who have been interviewed to date are Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Burt Neuborne, Goeffrey Stone, Adam Liptak, Linda Greenhouse, Nina Totenberg, and David Porter. Show More Summary
A testy exchange between Justice Stephen Breyer and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. “was not the only signal that the administration may have difficulty winning in the case of Bond v. United States, which began as a ‘lover’s triangle’...Show More Summary
Supreme Court justices talked of dogs swallowing chocolate, goldfish taking in vinegar and horses eating poisoned potatoes. By the time they were done, they had made mincemeat of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s case.
Back in July, the NY Times made it pretty clear that United States Solicitor General Donald Verrilli almost certainly lied to the Supreme Court, concerning how evidence obtained via NSA surveillance techniques would end up in court.Show More Summary