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Monday status conference: Ending with a bang

This will be a very busy day for Supreme Court news.

First the court is set to release the last opinions of the term beginning at 10 a.m. Among the cases to be decided today: the pivotal Second Amendment case McDonald v. City of Chicago, the patent law case Bilski v. Kappos, and the First Amendment rights case Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. DC Dicta will update all the developments from the Court later this morning.

Then, beginning at 12:30 p.m., Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan goes before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to begin her confirmation hearings. Although she is expected to win confirmation, this morning the committee’s ranking GOP member said Kagan will face tough questioning from Republicans.

“The nominee does have serious problems,” Sessions said on CNN this morning, noting Kagan’s lack of judicial experience, her White House work as “a Clinton operative,” and her attempt to bar the military from recruiting at Harvard which “demeaned them in violation of the law.”

“There are a number of things that cause us to believe, and many Americans are concerned, that she will be an activist justice and will advocate her political views from the bench,” Sessions said

Don’t have time to watch every minute of the confirmation hearings, but want to stay up to date? Fear not! DC Dicta will keep you updated all through the day and throughout the week with news from the hearings.

There are also sad news to report. Martin D. Ginsburg, 78, tax law expert and husband of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

And Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving member in Congress in history, died this morning after falling ill lat week. He was 92.

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