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Why Do So Many Test Cases from Texas End Up at the Supreme Court?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court last week (Dec. 8 and 9, 2015) heard oral arguments in two cases that stem from Texas. One, Evenwel v. Abbott, deals with how legislative districts are drawn – and it could have a profound effect on future elections. The other, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, deals with affirmative […]

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Supreme Court Rulings Aplenty: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the Supreme Court ruling on the Texas abortion law, to the Supreme Court ruling on the EPA regulating emissions from power plants, to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton saying county officials could deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of […]

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How Will Recent Supreme Court Rulings Affect Texas?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court issued the last of its opinions for this term on Monday. Many of the High Court’s decisions this term carry big implications for the nation — and for the state of Texas in particular. Among the highlights: the court determined bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, that health care subsidies acquired […]

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Law Professors Have Created an Algorithm to Predict Supreme Court Cases

Posted on · Predicting court cases can be difficult, but a professor at the South Texas College of Law says he and his colleagues have built a model that’s pretty close. Josh Blackman says they’ve created an algorithm that correctly predicts many of the cases decided by the Supreme Court since 1953. But how accurate is it?