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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Supreme Court Watch: Alito Edition

Opinions. One a dissent in a per curiam habeas ruling where he flags that AEDPA is in part a means to address concerns (he name checks Breyer/Stevens) those concerned about delays in capital cases. Okay. Sorta true -- mix of factors there. Also, unanimously upheld the rights of a Muslim prisoner to wear a short beard. Ginsburg/Sotomayor briefly reminds how this is different from a for profit employer burdening a third party (employee). Yeah.

Update: The beard case is pretty low hanging fruit, partially I bet as a "we aren't trolls here" follow-up to Hobby Lobby. Sets basic rules, but might be too easy to settle many disputes.

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