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18 Sep 7:58 pm
On September 15, 2020, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) called for grant proposals on the use of new approach methodologies (NAM) for the hazard assessment of cellulose nanofibers.  EFSA states that the use of cellulose at the nanoscale is increasing and requires an assessment.  According to EFSA, the main concern is that the nanoscale characteristics (e.g., length/shape of the fibers) may influence the toxicokinetic and hazardous properties of cellulose nanofibers.  The main objective of the call is to design and conduct a set of NAM-based studies for… [read post]
18 Sep 7:48 pm
“What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Could Mean For 2020 And The Supreme Court”: Perry Bacon Jr. has this post at FiveThirtyEight. [read post]
18 Sep 7:38 pm
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s Feminist Icon, Is Dead at 87; The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s pointed and powerful dissenting opinions earned her late-life rock stardom”: This obituary written by Linda Greenhouse will appear on the front page of Saturday’s edition of The New York Times. And Adam Liptak of The New York Times has an article headlined “Justice Ginsburg’s Judicial Legacy of Striking Dissents; She was part of the Supreme Court’s 4-member liberal wing throughout her 27-year tenure and… [read post]
18 Sep 7:32 pm
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg Changed the World; And now her legacy is at stake”: Mark Joseph Stern has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate. [read post]
18 Sep 7:18 pm
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legal icon who is known as the architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, died on Friday, September 18, 2020 at the age of 87. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton. She was the second woman appointed to the Court, joining Stanford Law alumna retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Justice Ginsburg served on the Court for 27 years. Here, Stanford Law School faculty reflect on her legacy. Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and… [read post]
18 Sep 7:17 pm
[2016: Fill it. 2020: Don't fill it.] 2016: Asked if the Senate had an obligation to assess Judge Garland's qualifications, her answer was immediate. "That's their job," she said. "There's nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year." 2020: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." [read post]
18 Sep 7:06 pm
“Ginsburg death thrusts court to center of 2020 campaign as McConnell vows to fill seat”: Mark Z. Barabak and Janet Hook of The Los Angeles Times have this report. [read post]
18 Sep 6:58 pm
“McConnell: I will fill Ginsburg’s seat with Trump’s nominee. Schumer says don’t dare. It remains unclear whether Republicans would have the votes to make a new appointment before Nov. 3.” Rebecca Shabad of NBC News has this report. [read post]
18 Sep 6:53 pm
[The passing of a feminist heroine, and a giant of American jurisprudence.] Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away earlier this evening. Much will be written about the political and legal effects of her passing. In this post, I would like to set that aside and pay tribute to her legacy. Justice Ginsburg's most significant legacy will surely be her contribution to the struggle for gender equality in this country. As head of the ACLU Women's Rights Project in the 1970s, she litigated many of the… [read post]
18 Sep 6:53 pm
[A few personal reminiscences on the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg] As many of you know, I was a Ginsburg law clerk on two separate occasions—when she was on the appeals court, and then again during her first term at SCOTUS. I know that RBG was perhaps not the favored Supreme Court Justice for many of the readers of this blog—which is fair enough—but I hope you will allow me some personal reminiscences as we all process the meaning of her death and, more importantly, her life and legacy. I owe Ruth Ginsburg a great deal. My grades were pretty good when she… [read post]
18 Sep 6:53 pm
Courage. While still a practicing lawyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1973 argued to 9 men on the United States Supreme Court in a historically significant case, Frontiero v. Richardson, 411 U.S. 677 (1973). Ginsburg asked the Supreme Court to recognize for the first time that the guarantee of the “equal protection of the laws” provision in the 14th Amendment (ratified in 1868) protected women and men from discrimination based on sex. In talking to the 9 men on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg stated: I “urge[] a position forcibly stated in 1837 by Sara Grimke,… [read post]
18 Sep 6:52 pm
“Remembering *Judge* Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Legend of the D.C. Circuit.” Aaron L. Nielson has this post at the “Notice & Comment” blog of the Yale Journal on Regulation. [read post]
18 Sep 6:50 pm
[Before Chief Justice Rehnquist's death in 2013, the last Justice to die in office was Justice Jackson] Since the Eisenhower administration, four Justices have died in office. Justice Robert Jackson died in 1954. Chief Justice William Rehnquist died in 2005. Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in 2020. It is remarkable that we have had two Justices, die four years apart, in election years. [read post]
18 Sep 6:38 pm
“Top contenders to fill vacant Supreme Court seat include Coney Barrett, Hardiman; Each of these names is on President Trump’s list of possible nominees”: Bill Mears and Shannon Bream of Fox News have this report. [read post]
18 Sep 6:38 pm
WASHINGTON — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday cast an immediate spotlight on the vacancy on the high court, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowing to bring President Donald Trump’s nominee to a vote with just over six weeks before the election. McConnell, in a statement released just over ... [read post]
18 Sep 6:37 pm
My first thought was that they won't even try. They'll use the open seat as a political issue — an argument why it is so important to reelect Trump and to keep a GOP majority in the Senate. And the backup plan can be that if Trump loses, they can accomplish the appointment after the election, before the new Senate and President are sworn in. So what if they said something else before the election?!But then — in discussion here at Meadhouse — the thought came up that this election could be contested. There's so much talk about election fraud and mail-in voting, that… [read post]
18 Sep 6:35 pm
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Judicial Watch sends it condolences to the family of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She had a wonderful judicial temperament that will always be remembered. President Trump now has a historic opportunity to nominate yet another constitutional conservative who will honor the Constitution and the rule of law across the full spectrum of constitutional issues. And the U.S. Senate should move quickly to work with President Trump to consider and… [read post]
18 Sep 6:33 pm
Audits are not a welcomed entity in anyone’s eyes. So, if you’ve just received a notice informing you of an impending IRS audit and state audit, do not panic. In some cases, people or businesses are selected for an audit at random. In others, an IRS audit is triggered by issues with your tax return, either because something appears irregular or incorrect or people associated with you, such as your business partners, are being audited as well. This dreaded process if often filled with stress and fraught with mixed emotions, because it may result in you having to pay fines or… [read post]
18 Sep 6:30 pm
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death to Spark Titanic Supreme Court Nomination Fight in Senate; McConnell says Senate will vote to confirm a Trump nominee over Democrats’ objections, despite 2016 precedent, but a handful of his fellow Republicans could complicate the effort”: Siobhan Hughes and Kristina Peterson of The Wall Street Journal have this report. [read post]
18 Sep 6:26 pm
[The short-handed Court will have to deal with difficult cases in a difficult time.] A few moments ago, I posted my statement about Justice Ginsburg's death. Here, I would like to discuss how her passing will affect the Supreme Court before her successor is confirmed. First, there are now only eight Justices. As a result, any emergency applications will find the Court short-handed. The Roberts Five will still be able to stay a liberal lower court ruling. But the Ginsburg Four + Roberts will no longer able to stay a conservative lower court ruling. Roberts… [read post]