Sonia Sotomayor

The Mystery of Koontz: “Why Are We Here?”

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog reports that the plaintiff’s argument in the Court’s highest-profile Takings case of the year, Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, did not go well.  Both Rick and I have blogged about the case before, and the more I think about it, it seems to me that the case has been …


Waiting for Connecticut v. AEP

I like New York in June.  The Supreme Court, not so much. June is when the Court finishes up its term and releases any decisions still pending.  This year, that means we will soon get a ruling on Connecticut v. AEP, the public nuisance climate case, which was argued in April.  Just so you can keep score at home, …


Of judges and umpires

With the Senate about to begin hearings on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and major league baseball at the all-star break, thoughts turn naturally to the intersection of America’s Court and America’s pastime. That intersection, of course, lies at the question of whether the judge should play the same role in …