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Republicans Hope for a Home Run with Court Nominee Gorsuch, Court Report
Apr. 3, 2017

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch presented himself to a sharply divided Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20, 2017, as a consensus-minded judge, devoted . . .

Supreme Court Confirmation Process Is Becoming More Partisan and Prolonged, Court Report
Mar. 14, 2017

Supreme Court nominations have been rife with partisan contention throughout history, and Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing is shaping up to be no dif . . .

Debate over “business-friendly” Court, Court Report
Feb. 27, 2017

In the lead-up to Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings, speculation will no doubt fly as to what influence he would have on a number of hot-button topic . . .

The Art of Opinion Writing, Court Report
Jan. 23, 2017

Former associate justice Antonin Scalia took great care in choosing his words and phrases carefully when writing his opinions. Scalia’s writing went wel . . .

Is Eight Enough?, Court Report
Nov. 3, 2016

In his latest Court Report, legal scholar and journalist Kenneth Jost examines one scholar’s proposal to limit the number of Supreme Court justices to eight. In analyzing the effects . . .

The Tie Vote, Court Report
Sep. 29, 2016

In his latest Court Report, legal scholar and journalist Kenneth Jost examines the impact of Antonin Scalia’s death on the Court’s 2015 term. With the Court reduced to eight ju . . .

The 2015–2016 Term Analyzed, Court Report
Jul. 13, 2016

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016 resulted in a bitter political battle over a potential successor and raised uncertainty about how the eight–member Court would ru . . .

The Path to Confirmation, Court Report
Jun. 1, 2016

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland continues to make the rounds on Capitol Hill, while Senate Republican leadership remains resolute not to hold a confirmation hearing. As the impasse c . . .

Geographic Diversity Needed for the Court?, Court Report
Mar. 16, 2016

With a vacancy now on the Supreme Court and speculation flying about who might fill it (and when), Court reporter Kenneth Jost analyzes the geographic roots of justices thr . . .

‘Lame-Duck’ Nominations to the Supreme Court, Court Report
Feb. 22, 2016

Shortly after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senator Charles Grassley cited a decades-old precedent in asserting that no replacement should be considere . . .

Chief Administrator, Court Report
Jan. 26, 2016

In this report by legal analyst Kenneth Jost, he explores the evolution of the chief justice’s role as administrative head of the federal judiciary. . . .

Dissenting Justices, Court Report
Dec. 7, 2015

The number and significance of dissenting opinions have waxed and waned over the Court’s history. Some justices have seen them as detrimental to the Cou . . .

The Justices' Secretive and Evolving Conference, Court Report
Oct. 16, 2015

Deliberations between justices on cases before the Court are notoriously secretive. In this report, Kenneth Jost analyzes the role of the Conference in the Co . . .

Do Justices Need Judicial Experience?, Court Report
Mar. 30, 2015

While one might assume that all Supreme Court justices have ruled from the bench prior to their confirmation, history tells us otherwise. Currently, Elena Kag . . .

Eleventh-Hour Decisions: The Court and Judicial Stays, Court Report
Mar. 19, 2015

In this month’s Court Report, legal expert Kenneth Jost examines the Court’s role in deciding whether or not to issue stays of lower court rulings. He looks at recent . . .

Personal Pleas to the Court: The Pro se Petition, Court Report
Mar. 13, 2015

While Supreme Court rules permit only attorneys to argue a case before the justices, anyone can submit a plea. While the number of so-called pro se petitions is difficult to . . .

Farewell to the Court: A History of Court Departures, Court Report
Feb. 10, 2015

Supreme Court justices are appointed for life; nearly half have died in office, but retirements are the rule these days. Supreme Court reporter Kenneth Jost analyzes how and wh . . .

Tracking the Supreme Court’s Mistakes, Court Report
Nov. 7, 2014

The Supreme Court justices are not perfect. While the Court’s opinions often make headlines, corrections to their opinions almost never do. However, a growing call for mo . . .

The Court's Ideological Blocs, Court Report
Oct. 1, 2014

In the 2013 Term, the Roberts Court handed down a record number of unanimous rulings. While notable, landmark cases dividing along ideological lines are hardly a thing of the p . . .

Camera Shy: The Court's Video Prohibition, Court Report
Apr. 1, 2014

It may surprise many that 2014 marks the first time that the Supreme Court justices have been videotaped while in session. Although the video was taken as part of a campaign finance protest, it has on . . .

Beyond Their Opinions: Justices as Authors, Court Report
Mar. 1, 2014

Supreme Court justices are perhaps best known for the opinions they write. However, a number of justices have penned books outside of their official capacity on the Court. This month, Supreme Court re . . .

Unanimity in a Divided Court, Court Report
Feb. 1, 2014

Although today’s Court is often portrayed as highly divided, unanimous rulings are not that uncommon. In this report Kenneth Jost looks at the frequency and significance of unanimous ru . . .

Following Precedent ... to an Uncertain Result, Court Report
Jan. 1, 2014

Legal precedent is a foundational concept in the U.S. justice system. Supreme Court reporter Kenneth Jost examines the ways in which the justices invoke, and on occasion, ove . . .

The Supreme Court's Friends with Interests, Court Report
Nov. 1, 2013

The Supreme Court's opinions have wide-reaching impacts. Not surprisingly, outside groups have a vested interest in making their voices heard in Court deliberations. Reporter . . .

How Does a Case Get to the Supreme Court?, Court Report
Oct. 1, 2013

Thousands of petitions reach the Supreme Court each year, but the justices hear only a very small percentage of them. Court reporter Kenneth Jost examines the factors that influence the s . . .

About Kenneth Jost, Court Report

Kenneth Jost has covered legal affairs as a reporter, editor, or columnist since 1970 and has contributed to a variety of legal publications. He is the author of the Supreme Court Yearbook . . .

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