First Two Opinions in Argued Cases:
This morning, the Supreme Court handed down the Term's first two opinions in argued cases. First, the Court held in an opinion by Justice Ginsburg that if you never lost your civil rights, you can't qualify for a sentencing exception that applies when those rights were "restored." Second, the court held in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts that challenging a state tax assessment as discriminatory means challenging the method for calculating it as much as the calculations themselves. Both cases were 9-0 (and for those playing along at home, I don't think either case satisfies the predicate of the JGR Umpire Watch). As always, SCOTUSBlog has more details.