The Texas Supreme Court’s calendar this week is open, with no events scheduled other than Friday’s regular order list.
Today is Texas Independence Day. (( It marks the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence. )) If you’re craving a big collection of Texas-related law links, you should see Blawgletter’s version of Blawg Review, freshly published today.
Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., the judicial recusal case challenging the coal company’s 3-to-2 victory in the West Virginia Supreme Court on grounds that one of the justices was so biased as to violate the federal due process clause. (No word on whether the other two judges in that majority wish they could change their mind about now.)
On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court mailed out requests for full briefing in half a dozen new cases. As always, those cases will be listed in the blog’s sidebar for about a month.
Articles from the Past Week
I wrote about a bill pending in the Texas Legislature to open up the Court’s internal votes and, later in the week, about the Court’s current practice of permitting Justices to note their dissent from the Court’s handling of a particular petition.