Awful, awful grant. This case gives SCOTUS a back door to effectively overturn Miranda by holding that there is no constitutional right to receive Miranda warnings. A truly bad omen.
This grant, too, is profoundly disturbing. The coach and his attorneys have brazenly lied about the facts of the case to tee up Supreme Court vehicle that will legalize a great deal of prayer in public schools. Looks like the justices took the bait.
Whatever you think about school prayer, this grant is bad news for anyone who thinks that lawyers should not lie to courts.
Dear God the Supreme Court’s cert grants today are a total disaster

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A lot to unpack here but I'm fascinated by this exchange over the dissenters' decision to issue a jointly authored opinion. They cite yesterday's joint dissent by SCOTUS' three liberals in the COVID mandate case.…
I just want to reiterate how demented the Republican dissenters' position is in these cases ... The people of Ohio overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment restricting partisan gerrymandering and the dissenters say the Ohio Supreme Court can't enforce it. Lunacy.
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Here is the opinion blocking Biden's vaccinate-or-test employer mandate by a 6–3 vote:…

Here is the opinion upholding Biden's vaccinate mandate for health care workers by a 5–4 vote, with Roberts and Kavanaugh joining the liberals:…
In the decision blocking Biden's COVID employer mandate, the liberal justices issue a very rare joint dissent, authored by all three together.

"When we are wise, we know enough to defer on matters like this one. ... Today, we are not wise."…
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I'm not even going to link because it's too depressing but Federalist Society law professors are already feverishly crafting theories about how courts should eviscerate or invalidate this bill if it somehow passed. The Senate is a problem. The courts are a bigger problem.
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"This is a pandemic in which nearly a million people have died ... This is the policy that is most geared to stop all this. ... So whatever 'necessary' means, whatever 'grave' means, why isn't this necessary and grave?"
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