Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, in this ABA Journal post, makes the case that this Supreme Court term will be a momentous one for the Kennedy Court. He notes that:
Once more, as it has been for each of the last six years, it will be, from a practical perspective, the Anthony Kennedy Court. In ideologically divided cases, there are two blocs as distinct as any that have served on the court: Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. on the right; and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan on the left.
Mike Sacks at Huffington Post and Dahlia Lithwick at Slate cover the case of Corey Maples and the great mailroom mixup. Maples, a death row inmate, was barred from receiving a merits adjudication of his ineffective assistance of counsel claims because all three of his attorneys messed up. The Supreme Court heard arguments on the case today.
If I had time to read something outside of law school text books, I would definitely read Justice Stevens’ memoir entitled, Five Chiefs. The book has received positive reviews from the New York Times, HuffPo, and Time Magazine.