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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 days 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

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

4 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 […]

Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, talks about "the Supreme Court's back alley type Roe v. Wade decision" and the "guardrails" of nature.

On "Fox News Sunday" today, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, attempted to match wits on the subject of marriage equality with former Solicitor General Ted Olson. Early on, the moderator, Chris Wallace, asked Perkins...Show More Summary

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. Gay-marriage …

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. Gay-marriage advocate and former Solicitor General Ted Olson, say. Key bit: Perhaps President Obama — and, for that matter, future presidents — should take a lesson from the way we handle the Department of Defense, and apply it to the Department […]

MY USA TODAY COLUMN FOR TOMORROW: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. …

MY USA TODAY COLUMN FOR TOMORROW: For Next Attorney General, Obama Should Reach Across The Aisle. Gay-marriage advocate and former Solicitor General Ted Olson, say.

UKIP MEP: We’ll Take SIX Seats At General Election

DONCASTER, United Kingdom - Steven Wolfe, UKIP Euro MP for North-West England, has claimed the party will win six seats at the general election next year. The former solicitor told Breitbart London that the party’s aspiration to take three or four seats “would be a miracle, but I think we will exceed that”. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 09.26.14

5 months agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Solicitor General Don Verrilli may be a frontrunner to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, but the competition seems to be stiff. Kamala Harris, anyone? [USA Today] FBI Director James Comey is annoyed by Apple and Google marketing...Show More Summary

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.

Federal Judge Appointed By Ronald Reagan Shreds Indiana's Lawyer During Oral Arguments About Indiana's Gay Marriage Ban

6 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

You'll want to listen to Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher try to defend Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals this morning—you'll particularly want to listen if you're a gay parent. The full recording is here. Show More Summary

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