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Friday morning docket: Next week will be Supreme

All will be quiet next week at the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices continue their post-argument season recess.

But we do expect some Court-related activity at the White House early next week, when President Barack Obama is expected to name his pick to replace retiring justice John Paul Stevens. All oddsmakers are saying it’ll be Solicitor General Elena Kagan who gets the nod, although Obama has also interviewed federal appellate Judges Sidney Thomas, Merrick Garland and Diane Wood.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are focused squarely on financial reform. But the Supreme Court is creeping into that discussion too. Take, for example, Sen. Arlen’s Specter’s bid to add an amendment to the bill witch would allow for third-party liability in securities fraud cases by overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

In other news,

Putting on the brakes: Lawmakers are working on a bill that would impose far-reaching safety standards on the auto industry. (New York Times)

Out of the park: Justice John Paul Stevens really did see Babe Ruth’s famed called shot. He doubted his memory briefly, but then put one of his law clerks on the case to verify. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Judge delayed? The Senate judiciary Committee’s GOP members delayed action on 9th Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu for at least a week. (The Hill)

‘Honest’ waiting game: Solicitor General Elena Kagan said the Supreme Court’s upcoming rulings on the “honest services” fraud cases will effect  the Justice Department’s approach to a wide range of criminal prosecutions. (Wall Street Journal)

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