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Friday morning docket: Some justices are away, but Ginsburg will stay

Three justices of the Supreme Court  – Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer, are in London celebrating the United Kingdom’s new Supreme Court.  But after falling on the plane and being hospitalized, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stayed home.

But even aside from Ginsburg’s fall, it was an eventful week for the justices. In addition to the oral arguments the justices heard, the Court added a number of cases to its docket, including a case that will determine if a man accused of holding a woman as a sex slave can be tried under a sex trafficking statute if some of the conduct occurred before the statute was enacted.

The Court also took up ex-Enron official Jeff Skilling’s appeal, agreeing to decide whether a law that makes it a crime for employees to deprive their employers of “honest services” is unconstitutionally vague. The Court also agreed to decide whether federal law preempts a state court lawsuit against a government contractor that administers benefits provided in accordance with the statute. You can see all the latest DC news from Lawyers USA here.

In other news,

Slow judiciary changes: Liberal activists are not pleased with the progress President Obama has made in infusing federal courts with a new cadre of judges. (The Washington Post)

Parity guidance delayed: Regulations under the mental health parity law will be delayed until some time next year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. (Lawyers USA)

Pressing for exclusions: The American Bar Association, which has filed suit to stop the application of the “red flags” rule to attorneys, praised the intentions of a new bill that would exclude lawyers in small firms. But ABA officials say the bill doesn’t go far enough. (Lawyers USA)

High courting: What is one of the perks of being a former law clerk of Justice Sonia Sotomayor? Well, you may get to say your wedding vows at the Supreme Court – with Sotomayor presiding over the ceremony! It happened last week. (New York Daily News)

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