Good morning and welcome to the live blog. Thanks for joining us! We will be starting in a few moments.
Good morning, everyone! Welcome to our first live blog in February. Here in DC it is as cold as Art Lien's wonderful sketch of the plaza at the Court would suggest.
Good morning from the Court's press room.
The present expectation is that the same-sex marriage cases will, indeed, go down in history under the Obergefell v. Hodges title. Not definitely set, though.
One box of opinions today; means 2 or 3, probably.
From the November sitting, we are still waiting on Zivotofsky v. Kerry (Jerusalem passports), Omnicare v. Laborers District Council (securities), Yates v. US (undersized grouper!), Comptroller v. Wynne (taxes), and the Alabama redistricting cases.
Justice Kagan has the opinion in Kansas v. Nebraska.
It's our only opinion today, in an original case.
The Chief and Scalia join in a partial dissent, Thomas has a partial dissent joined in full by Scalia and Alito and in part by the Chief.
This is a dispute over the right to use water from the Republican River basin.
The quick answer is that the Court accepts the recommendations of the Special Master to provide remedies for Kansas.
The Court orders a partial disgorgement (presumably of the water rights allocation).
Big day for water rights fans, but that's all we have for today. We are expecting one or more opinions in argued cases again tomorrow. I won't be on the live blog because I will be in the courtroom, but the live blog will be in the more-than-capable hands of Lyle, Tom, and Kali.
Thanks for joining us, and see you tomorrow!