Thursday round-up


  • For Forbes, George Leef discusses last month’s denial of review in Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman, in which owners of a Washington pharmacy challenged a state rule requiring pharmacies to sell certain abortifacient drugs.
  • At Medium, Senator Dianne Feinstein calls for Senate Republicans to allow a vote on Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court and on twenty other pending judicial nominations.
  • At Empirical SCOTUS, Adam Feldman identifies what he characterizes as “three, somewhat calculated shifts” in the voting patterns of Chief Justice John Roberts.
  • At his eponymous blog, Lyle Denniston reports on an order by Chief Justice John Roberts in a high-stakes generic-drug dispute, which “cleared the way for a maker of generic drugs to sell cheaper versions of two highly profitable birth-control pills that are now sold only under brand names.”
  • Rachel Donadio of The New York Times reports that yesterday Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over a mock appeal of Shylock and two other characters from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in Venice’s Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
  • A podcast at Advice and Consent discusses how the Republican and Democratic Parties handled the issue of judicial nominations at their respective conventions, as well as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments on the upcoming presidential election.

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