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With Holder Leaving, Verrilli Is Back in the Spotlight

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.

DOJ Still Trying To Hide The Fact It Flat Out Lied To The Supreme Court About Domestic Surveillance

6 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

The New Yorker's lame effort at un-embarrassing Jeffrey Toobin.

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

"Obama Administration Suffers A Drubbing In Hobby Lobby Arguments."

That's the headline at Forbes, reminding me to get back to the transcript, which I half read yesterday. Here's my post, which covers the argument for Hobby Lobby by Paul Clement and ends without getting to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli's argument against the religious exemption the company seeks. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 03.26.14

8 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

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

Solicitor General Asks to Argue Aereo Case

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

A Tough Day in Court for the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations

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

How Joe Biden Helped Make the Case Against Obamacare’s Contraceptive Requirement

10 months agoNews : Reason

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

Obama’s End Run Around the Senate and Constitution at the Supreme Court

“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

Judge Halts Sentencing After Feds Admit They Failed To Reveal Use Of NSA Data

12 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

US Gov't Appears To Have Misled The Supreme Court About How The NSA Spied On Americans

12 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

My SCOTUSBlog “On Camera” Interview: Parts I & 2

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

Oral argument in Bond v. U.S.

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

Of Horses, Halloween and Supreme Court Hypotheticals

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.

Feds Wait Until Late Friday To Release Details Of Criminal Case That Used NSA Surveillance, Which They'd Kept Secret

last yearIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

Double Secret Surveillance

last yearOdd : Boing Boing

Adam Liptak in the New York Times writes about something US Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. made to the Supreme Court, about seven months before NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed new evidence of the government's massive and secret surveillance programs: It was on the day Hurricane Sandy shut down the rest of Washington.

Supreme Court’s Final Decisions Also A Verdict On SG Verrilli

It's been a rough season for Solicitor General Donald Verrilli at the Supreme Court, with major defeats to come.

In Commencement Address, Verrilli Offers Lessons Learned

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. on Friday offered some words of advice for the graduating class of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. “First, expect some adversity to come your way, you are...

Obama Admin Asks SCOTUS to Take NLRB Recess Appointments Case

U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to take and reverse a lower-court ruling that President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are unconstitutional, and therefore that no one must follow any orders issued by NLRB. Show More Summary

SCOTUS: DOMA's Fate in Kennedy's Hands

President Obama’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said two things in Court Wednesday that may swing Justice Anthony Kennedy one way or the other on whether to uphold or strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA...Show More Summary

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