SCOTUS DENIES DEFUNDING OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD | Stories Behind Supreme Court Class Photo | Pod Du Jour A La First Mondays
The Supreme Court today told conservative states to talk to the hand, refusing to take on their attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. The high court declined to review a pair of petitions from Kansas and Louisiana seeking to block Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from their Medicaid programs. It was the first major abortion test for a new conservative majority at SCOTUS, but only three of the conservative justices argued the court should have taken up the states’ petitions. It takes four justices to accept a case. In a surprising and notable move, CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS and SCOTUS newcomer BRETT KAVANAUGH did not sign on with their conservative colleagues.
Adam Liptak with The New York Times reports on the “awkward and illuminating” tradition of the Supreme Court class photo. Photographers have very little time to work their magic — for the newest photo they only got 120 seconds to snap the pics. And beyond, the time allotment, the hardest part of the whole thing is getting the justices to actually look into the camera. There have been several trouble-makers who have betrayed the tradition with the tact of what you might imagine a class clown would do. JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS is known to crack jokes and distract whoever is next to him. And JUSTICE THURGOOD MARSHALL would just fall asleep.
LINE OF SIGHT|
The Trump administration’s policy restricting transgender people from serving in the military returns to court today. Ann E. Marimow with The Washington Post catches up on the latest with this case.
ED BOARD OVERTURE|
“The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that no person shall be ‘subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.’ But that seemingly clear command didn’t protect Terance Gamble, an Alabama man with a robbery conviction on his record.” That’s the Editorial Board of the Los Angeles Times arguing that the Supreme Court should do away with its precedent over dual sovereignty and make right what was twice made wrong in this instance.
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS|
On the latest First Mondays podcast, there are twice as many women featured as there were at the SCOTUS podium during the whole December sitting. Leah Litman and guest host Jamie Santos recap the week’s arguments with two special guests: solicitor general of West Virginia LINDSAY SEE, as well as KATE LEVINE.