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Garrett Epps

Garrett Epps is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore. He covers the Supreme Court for theatlantic.com. His book, American Epic: Reading the US Constitution was published in August 2013 by Oxford University Press.

A new crop of Supreme Court books show Chief Justice Roberts siding with his hero's ghost—for now. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Did Chief Justice Roberts change his mind about the Affordable Care Act at the last minute? Whatever happened, it's going to be a long time before we find out.  Read more

Health and Social Policy

Xavier Alvarez may or may not qualify for mental-health care under the ACA, but the Court at least decides he won’t be going to jail. Read more

Health and Social Policy

The Court's ruling on Medicaid expansion forbids the federal government from doing something it wouldn't do anyway. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Today's decision on the Affordable Care Act shows that, despite conventional wisdom, Anthony Kennedy is not the guy calling the shots. Read more

Law and Justice

The D.C. Circuit Court says so, despite convoluted industry arguments to the contrary. Read more

Law and Justice

Alito’s overlooked, important dissent on juvenile sentencing  Read more

Civil Rights in America

Five Justices cut out three lobes on S.B. 1070, and leave one on life support. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

As the ship drifts over the campaign-cash falls, the five captains decline a chance to reconsider the course. Read more

Law and Justice

In what is literally its most visible case of the Term, seven justices duck the free-speech issue. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Five justices tell public-employee unions they “tolerate” them—for now. Read more

Law and Justice

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The congressional committee's charge against Eric Holder is nothing but symbolic. Read more

Law and Justice

“Prosecutorial discretion” is nothing new Read more

Civil Rights in America

The one conservative dissent in yesterday's Ninth Circuit ruling shows how little sizzle remains in the gay-marriage issue. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Asking today’s federal courts to restore democracy is like asking the Taliban to restore religious freedom. Read more

Law and Justice

John Boehner is once again threatening to wreck the economy. The president should use the Fourteenth Amendment to stop him. Read more

Law and Justice

Is United States v. Pleau really about federalism, or fundamental morality, colonialism, and the rule of law? Read more

Law and Justice

Romney misses the chance to explain that “I disagree with your view of the Commerce Clause” and “Traitor!” can’t mean the same thing. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The current presidential nomination system isn't working. Is it time to try to replicate the "Era of Good Feeling" magic? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The Supreme Court pulls Arizona’s anti-immigrant bill apart like a Barbie. Will they reassemble it or throw it away? Read more

Law and Justice