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Briefly: At Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs looks at a new “analysis of 313 Supreme Court cases [that] found ‘male justices evaluate counsel based on their compliance with traditional gender norms, rewarding male counsel for cool, unemotional arguments, and rewarding female counsel for emotionally compelling arguments.’” For The...

The petition of the day is: Davis v. Mississippi 17-1343 Issues: (1) Whether the Eighth Amendment requires the sentencing authority to make a finding that a juvenile is permanently incorrigible in order to impose a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole; and (2) whether...

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. Everyone has been talking about the historically slow pace of decisions this year. Various explanations have been offered for the phenomenon: The Supreme Court has more controversial cases than usual and fewer unanimous decisions; the court’s early calendars were especially heavy...