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Monday status conference

The Senate meets today, resuming debate on matters including the FAA Reauthorization Act, while House members get back to the office tomorrow. The Supreme Court will likely issue some opinions and may also grant some certs today, and we’ll keep you posted on that.


States including Texas and Mississippi already have scheduled executions after the Supreme Court’s decision in Baze v. Rees that the method used in lethal injection executions is not unconstitutional. But Ohio is moving much slower, meaning it could be months before death row in mates there – including an inmate who may become the first woman executed in the state in 54 years.
(WHIO/Columbus Dispatch)

Lawyers who represent suspects in terrorism-related investigations fear their clients are being secretly monitored by the U.S. government. (NYT)

Could nearly two-thirds of patent appeals judges have been unconstitutionally appointed? That is a question the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to consider. (NLJ)

Former Washington D.C. city workers are claiming, in a federal lawsuit, that they and other employees were fired in violation of law that protect whistleblowers from retaliation. (WaPo)

Still haven’t gotten enough of Justice Antonin Scalia? Check out his interview with the ABA Journal, where he gives attorneys preparing to argue before him some tips. Here’s a hint: never use legislative history, and never answer a hypothetical with “that’s not my case.”
(ABA Journal)

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