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With the high court now on its summer break, we take a peek at next term, when another Hogan Lovells associate will be at the justices’ lectern. And we look back at an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas that suggests a podcast may have influenced the court’s recent death penalty decision, Flowers v. Mississippi. Plus: the summer break might not be much of a break, as the Justice Department is expected to take Trump-related decisions to the court. Feedback and tips are welcome: Thanks for reading! Contact us at tmauro@alm.com and mcoyle@alm.com, and follow us on Twitter at @Tonymauro and @MarciaCoyle.

Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the court's history and traditions, appellate advocacy and the SCOTUS cases that matter most to business litigators. Contact him at tmauro@alm.com. On Twitter: @Tonymauro

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at mcoyle@alm.com. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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