Here are this week’s must-reads from the blawgosphere:

Ed Whelan explains why Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation process was a ” political triumph of judicial conservatism .” 

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is apparently no fan of states electing their justices/judges .

Joan Biskupic, author of ” American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, ” has a new blog, ” Court Beat ,” where she is already discussing, inter alia the likelihood of Justice Stevens retiring at the end of this term

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision  holding that the Second Amendment does not encompass the right of “an unlicensed individual to possess unregistered machine guns for personal use .” And somewhere, Dale Gribble weeps.

So, you think your job is difficult? Try walking a mile in Frank J. Colucci’s shoes. This is a man who set out to write, and eventually published, a book seeking to ”prove” that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy ” displays a coherent approach to constitutional interpretation .”

Scalia v. Choate : Nino’s ongoing campaign against a “misbegotten word.”

Above the Law has the ” Five Best Motions of the Year .” Personally, I am a big fan of this ” Motion to Continue .”

As noted by Wesley J. Smith, Montana is the third state to permit doctor-assisted suicide  (much to Julian Felsenburgh’s glee).

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