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Who Should Argue Gay Marriage at SCOTUS? There’s One Obvious Choice.  

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

North Carolina Fights to Uphold Law Allowing Women to See Ultrasound Before Abortion

On Monday North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and Solicitor General, John F. Maddrey asked the Supreme Court to take up the decision of a three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down The “Right to View” provision of North Carolina’s 2011 “Woman’s Right to Know” law. Cooper, a likely Democratic […]

Welcome to the Arena, Senator Cruz

will today announce he is running for President. At our very first RedState Gathering, Ted Cruz showed up. He was the Solicitor General of Texas. I did not know him, but he’d gone to law school with a friend and several other friends highly recommended him. Show More Summary

Lawyers for same-sex couples challenging marriage bans in Supreme Court submit proposal for dividing argument time

All plaintiffs want 15 minutes to argue, and the Solicitor General asks for 15 minutes on Question 1. The post Lawyers for same-sex couples challenging marriage bans in Supreme Court submit proposal for dividing argument time appeared first on Equality On Trial.

Iowa Supreme Court Considers State Constitutional Right to Abortion

During oral arguments in a case challenging the state's telemedicine abortion ban, Iowa Solicitor General Jeffery Thompson said he would not object to a ruling protecting abortion rights in the Iowa Constitution. Image: Shutterstock The post Iowa Supreme Court Considers State Constitutional Right to Abortion appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Legal experts: Cruz’s Canadian birth won’t keep him out of the Oval Office

Two of the top lawyers for the Obama and Bush administrations agree on this: Sen. Ted Cruz can become president. Legally speaking, anyway. Paul D. Clement, former solicitor general for President George W. Bush, and Neal Katyal, former acting solicitor general for President Obama, penned a piece for the Harvard Law Review tackling the question […]

Elizabeth Marvel on Playing Frank's No. 1 Enemy on House of Cards, and Bringing Misery to Broadway

The following interview contains spoilers for House of Cards season three. Heather Dunbar stepped into the spotlight in a big way on House of Cards season three. From solicitor general, whose investigation into White House money laundering forced President Walker to resign last season, to becoming a candidate for president... More »

Wonkbook: Federal probe uncovers a racist joke about Obama in official Ferguson email

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 […]

Attorney General Eric Holder Names Openly Gay Man to Lead DoJ Civil Division

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Former Ohio solicitor general Ben Mizer has been promoted to Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Mizer is one of more than a dozen out gay lawyers Holder and the Obama administration...

From Acting Solicitor General To Acting On ‘House Of Cards’

What surprised Neal Katyal during his voyage into the world of television?

‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Episode 4 Recap: Solicitor General Blues

3 weeks agoEntertainment : ArtsBeat

Do you know who the solicitor general is? Do you know what the solicitor general is?

Attention Solicitor General: Two More Powerful Arguments Against King v Burwell

Commentary on the pending case to destroy subsidies for citizens who purchase insurance on the federal exchanges have all, amazingly, neglected the economic value of the insurance in their calculations of harm. The government appears to be mounting a case that these plaintiffs are not harmed by the subsidies. Show More Summary

Tony Perkins Battles Ted Olsen on Gay Marriage: Courts Imposing ‘One-Size-Fits-All Marriage Scheme’

2 months agoNews : Mediaite

Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and former Solicitor General under Bush Ted Olsen reprised their Fox News Sunday debate over same sex marriage this morning, with an outmatched Perkins alleging unelected judges were trying to "impose a one-size-fits-all scheme of marriage on the American people."

Google Looks to Narrow both Copyrights and Patents through Supreme Court Action

by Dennis Crouch Two pending Supreme Court now have higher profiles with the Supreme Court’s invitation to the Solicitor General to provide views of the administration.  In both cases, the petitioners have set-up the Federal Circuit as a misguided court. The focus of Google v. Oracle (Sct. Docket No. 14-410) is the extent that software […]

SG’s Reign of Error Continues

It’s been a little slow over the holidays so we’ll go back to something that happened last year. On December 16, 2014 – almost three whole weeks ago – the Solicitor General filed his brief responding the Supreme Court’s request for the government’s views in the case called Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., v. Show More Summary

Top Cruz Staffer Follows the Senator's Footsteps to Become Texas Solicitor General

AUSTIN, Texas -- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced on Wednesday that two of his staffers had accepted leading positions in the Office of the Texas Attorney General, taking the opportunity to follow in his footsteps and serve their home state. Show More Summary

Two Former Soldiers Who Volunteered To Help Fight ISIS Could Be Charged With Murder

Two former British Army soldiers who are fighting against ISIS in Syria, are operating in a legal no-man’s land and could be charged with murder, a former government legal officer has warned. Former Solicitor General, Sir Edward Garnier...Show More Summary

NY Times on Ken Starr

Interesting New York Times article on Ken Starr, former Pepperdine Dean (2004-10) (and former D.C. Circuit Judge (1983-89), U.S. Solicitor General (1989-93), and Independent Counsel (1994-99) and since 2010 President of Baylor University: Many remember Mr. Starr from his days as independent counsel, when he delivered a report to Congress...

US Solicitor General, Don Verrilli, Tells Supreme Court That Of Course You Can Infringe On An Invalid Patent

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Nine years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled in the Grokster case in favor of the movie studios, effectively expanding copyright law to include an "inducement" standard that is not present in the actual text of the law (in fact, Congress had just rejected an attempt to add some inducement language to copyright law in the form of the INDUCE Act). Show More Summary

Why gay marriage opponents have lost

The face-off on “Fox News Sunday” between Tony Perkins, the leader of the Family Research Council, and former solicitor general Ted Olson on gay marriage was illuminating. One could see precisely why gay marriage opponents are losing the national debate. Perkins was asked how he would draw the line between a ban on  interracial marriage […]

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