Former Texas Chief Justice Challenges His Old Court in New Gay-Rights Petition

What may seem awkward at first glance is not at all awkward to Wallace Jefferson, former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Jefferson, who returned to private practice in Austin four years ago, is now challenging his old court in a petition at the U.S. Supreme Court that could increase the already high stakes in the new term for the nation’s gay community.

      
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What to Know About Noel Francisco as the New SCOTUS Term Nears

The U.S. Supreme Court’s fall term begins on Oct. 2 . Noel Francisco, newly confirmed as U.S. solicitor general, has just days to prepare. Of course, it’s likely Francisco, formerly a top appellate lawyer at Jones Day, hasn’t been thinking about the cases and issues that the justices will confront—and he will argue—this term. Here’s a snapshot of things to know about Francisco and matters on his plate as he prepares to step up to the lectern at the high court.

      
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