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‘We won!’ Watch Ted Cruz brag about defeating homeless atheist man in court

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday bragged that he had defeated a homeless atheist man in court while serving as solicitor general in Texas — a story he enjoys recalling in front of religious audiences. “What I want to talk to you about this morning is… religious liberty,”...

Morning Docket: 05.05.15

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

U.S. Solicitor General: Marriage Equality's Hero at the Supreme Court?

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

Turning State Against Church: The Meaning of the Coming Fight Over Religious Tax Exemptions

Those who may not be familiar with the law surrounding tax exemptions may not be aware of the true implications of the solicitor general’s statement yesterday that “it’s going to be an issue” whether religious organizations can maintain their tax exemption if they maintain their opposition to gay marriage. Show More Summary

-Supreme Court Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage: Religious Liberty- “It is Going to Be an Issue”

The US Solicitor General Donald Verrili admitted that religious liberty was “going to be an issue” in response to questioning by justices of the Supreme Court. This observation followed the arguments he gave on behalf of the Obama administration favoring same-sex marriage. The answers given by the Solicitor General are particularly troubling because of the […]

Yesterday at the Supreme Court, struggling over whether the argument for same-sex marriage is better expressed in terms of fundamental liberty or equal protection.

In the same-sex marriage argument yesterday (PDF), the Solicitor General premised his argument entirely on the right to equal protection of the laws, but Justice Kennedy wanted him to talk about the right to marry. Kennedy framed the...Show More Summary

If SCOTUS Decides in Favor of Marriage Equality, Thank Solicitor General Don Verrilli

In the months leading up to Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments before the Supreme Court, gay rights groups tied themselves in knots over which attorney should represent the cause in front of the justices. The agonizing turned out to be for naught. Show More Summary

Marriage at the Supreme Court 2.0 Analysis: Donald Verrilli Goes to Bat for Marriage Equality

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

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...

UFC Will Appeal New York MMA Suit, Retains Former Federal Attorney Paul Clement

The UFC will appeal a recent court decision to dismiss its legal challenge to the law that bans MMA in the state of New York, and company officials have retained Paul Clement, a former United States Solicitor General, to represent the...Show More Summary

Lawsuit Seeks Background on DOJ 'Apology' in Supreme Court Indian Cases

A Native American group has gone to court to shine light on a little-known "confession of error" by then-acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal in 2011 in which he said his office made misrepresentations to the U.S. Supreme Court in decades-old Indian law cases.       

As a Private Lawyer, Ted Cruz Defended Companies Found Guilty of Wrongdoing

In his bio on his presidential campaign website, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) boasts of what he did as Texas solicitor general to defend the Second Amendment, the Pledge of Allegiance, and US sovereignty—all conservative causes. But CruzShow More Summary

Amicus: Let’s Salsa With Sotomayor

Listen to Episode 2 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab On Episode 2 of our new Supreme Court podcast, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick and former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger discuss the Supreme Court’s recent non-decisions about abortion and voter ID laws. Show More Summary

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

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Prop 8 Trial Tracker

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 […]

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