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Friday morning docket: Scalia speaks!

With oral arguments behind them, it’s crunch time for the justices of the Supreme Court, who still have many cases to decide before the term ends. They meet in conference today. And DC Dicta was remiss not to mention Justice John Paul Stevens’s birthday in last week’s docket. Stevens turned the spry young age of 88 last weekend. Only Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes graced the bench at an older age – he served until he was 90.

Meanwhile:

Are you still sore about the Supreme Court’s role in the 2000 presidential election? Justice Antonin Scalia has a message for you: “Get over it. It’s so old by now.” You can see his full “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl this Sunday, but here’s a preview:

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The very last oral argument case this term involved the question of what happens in an age discrimination claim when the evidence offered by the employer and employee results in a tie for the factfinder. Well, it looks like the recusal of Justice Stephen Breyer could mean the Court itself could end up in a tie. (ABA Journal)

An invitation to Justice Clarence Thomas to speak at the commencement ceremony at the University of Georgia has sparked controversy. Some students and faculty called the invitation inappropriate given recent problems with claims of sexual harassment as the school. But the school’s president stands by his choice and the Atlanta Journal Constitution agrees. (U.S. News; AJC)

President Bush is less than thrilled with Democratic lawmakers’ housing relief plans. (AP)

The government’s plan to crack down on illegal workers could cost employers more than $1 billion a year and legal workers billions in lost wages, a study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says. (AP)

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