Justiceline: May 29, 2012

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  • The Ninth Circuit handed a slight setback to the Obama Administration’s arguments against the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act when it ordered last week that a challenge to DOMA must first be heard by a three-judge panel before it might be heard by a larger panel of the court. Three-judge panels lack the authority to overrule a twenty year-old anti-gay precedent that makes the attack on DOMA more difficult.
  • Several Supreme Court justices have made early July plans, suggesting that the health care case will be decided by late June.
  • Meanwhile, then-Senator Obama’s 2005 speech explaining why he would not vote to confirm Chief Justice Roberts looks pretty prescient right now.
  • Anti-gay Virginia lawmaker Bob Marshall (R), who was last seen blocking a judicial appointment because the judge-to-be is gay, claims that being gay “cuts your life by about 20 years.”
  • The law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf becomes the largest law firm ever to declare bankruptcy.
  • And, finally, the award for the most politically unpalatable headline in a column that actually makes some interesting points goes to Sanford Levinson with “Our Imbecilic Constitution.”