Monday, August 04, 2014

The Cases Heard Round the World?


This Wednesday, August 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in same sex marriage cases from four states.  As the Columbus Dispatch reports:  "It will be the single-largest legal event in the same-sex marriage debate since June 26, 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional."  If you plan to attend in Cincinnati, consult the Sixth Circuit's Notice to the Public.  According to this notice, audio recordings of the arguments will be available on the court's website "as soon as practical."
 
Prepare by reading the case briefs.  The Moritz Law community can find these documents on Bloomberg Law, which gets them from pacer.gov.  Select the "Litigation and Dockets" tab, choose the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and enter a party name.  Many of the briefs are posted online (sometimes by partisan organizations) – free search engines should also lead you to them.