In my post yesterday about the Supreme Court, I neglected to mention the other big news from the day: Justice Stevens last day. Not quite sure how I could forget to mention that since his retirement is going to be a big blow for habeas petitioners. A sad day in habeasland.
Further sad news from yesterday was that Justice Ginsburg's husband, Martin Ginsburg, died over the weekend. Justice Ginsburg bravely sat on the bench yesterday and the Chief Justice paid tribute to her husband at the beginning of yesterday's session.
And today is day two of the Kagan hearings. At the hearing yesterday, the Republicans' apparent strategy was to demonize Kagan for admiring Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom she clerked. It's an odd strategy, to say the least. Actually, I am thinking of a different "o" word -- offensive. Let's see if the Republicans can top that today.