Justiceline: July 9, 2012

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  • First off, everyone should read Tom Goldstein’s lengthy piece explaining how the media behaved on the day of the Affordable Care Act decision. Among other things, it reveals many of the behind the scenes errors that led to Fox News and CNN falsely reporting that the law had been struck down.
  • Jan Crawford, the conservative reporter who received the leaks claiming that Chief Justice John Roberts flipped his vote in the health care case, follows up with a piece saying that “bitterness” among the justices is at its highest point in 70 years.
  • Despite Roberts’ decision to place the law above politics in his health care decision — at least with respect to the Constitution’s Taxing power — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he does not regret voting to confirm Roberts.
  • Jonathan Peters sets out to prove that Supreme Court leaks are not as rare as we think they are, but his piece really accomplishes the opposite. He chronicles several examples of leaks occurring in close proximity to an opinion, or even before an opinion is released, but none before 1986.
  • And, finally, in non-health care news, a Missouri judge affirmed that the state’s governor has unilateral authority to cut education and other programs in order to pay for unexpected costs from tornados and flooding.