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A Gift for Mr. Justice Stevens

Posted in Case Reports by Mike Sacks on April 19, 2010

My argument write-up on Christian Legal Society v. Martinez is now up at ABA Journal:

The justices might as well have emerged from behind the red curtains this morning singing “Happy Birthday (and Retirement)” to Justice John Paul Stevens.

From the justices’ questions at oral argument this morning in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, it appeared as if the Supreme Court intended to begin its final sitting of the term by gifting Justice Stevens, the Court’s newly minted nonagenarian and retiree-designate, the opportunity to control how this morning’s case will be decided.

Read the rest here.  Check back tomorrow for my Vox Populi column from last night/this morning’s CLS line.

Pre-CLSQuoning

Posted in Anticipation by Mike Sacks on April 19, 2010

FAIL@1F

Excitement’s high for this morning’s cases, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez and City of Ontario v. Quon.

Back home now for a few thoughts, a warm shower, a quick eat, and a cheap suit.

  • Man, I really miscalculated on this one.  My plan was to get out to the Court at 11pm so to beat the lone wolves that I expected would show up around 1am.  But around 7:45pm last night, while the First Lady of First One @ One First and I were cooking dinner and watching an episode of The Wire, Josh Blackman sends me a text message telling me that he heard about 30 people had already lined up on the First Street sidewalk.  Per this intelligence, the FLOF1@1F and I expedited our evening so to get me to the Court at 9pm.  The intelligence proved accurate.  I ultimately took placeholder #34.
  • The first ones in line were a group of ten undergraduates from a constitutional law course at Eastern University in Radnor, PA.  They arrived at noon.  A few lone wolf law students from American University arrived a few hours later, followed at 6:30pm by a pack of Christian Legal Society members from across the country.  By dawn, the line wrapped around East Capitol.
  • I got some good interviews for the Vox Populi column and a few decent videos for the next episodes of Supreme Court Side Walk.
  • The sprinklers that terrorized me during my overnight for the Citizens United rehearing in September made their return at 1:23 this morning.  I only got a modest misting this time around.  The same can’t be said for those who dethroned me.
  • It’s always too cold out there, no matter how warm it gets relative to January’s deepest freeze.

I’ll have my reports from inside and outside of the Court up at the ABA Journal tonight and tomorrow.  Stay connected to F1@1F for the links.

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