by Jim Thompson
In The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof lambastes conservative policymakers’ reckless disregard for their constitutionally-established roles in the judicial confirmation process. USA Today’s Editorial Board also denounces senators who have prematurely vowed to block any Supreme Court nominee submitted by President Obama, stating, “This outright obstructionism represents a new low in this long-running conflict.”
Kimberly Robinson at Bloomberg BNA explains how the motives of Texas legislators will factor into Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, quoting ACS President Caroline Fredrickson who says their real mission is to “make abortion more costly and stigmatized.”
In a surprising move, Douglas Laycock–who argued against the ACA’s birth control mandate at last year’s ACS National Convention–opposed plaintiffs’ arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, writes Sarah Posner at The American Prospect. Laycock said, “Religious liberty can be endangered by exaggerated claims and overreaching as well as by government intransigence and judicial under-enforcement.”
Reuben J. Garcia, faculty advisor to the ACS Student Chapter at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, discusses the current Supreme Court vacancy on KNPB.
Ted Olson, the prominent lawyer representing Apple in its battle with the FBI, says there is no law requiring the company to redesign iPhone security features to allow the government access to the San Bernardino shooter’s cellphone, reports Camila Domonoske at NPR.