"One talent Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan displayed in her career climb could create unique ethics questions for her as a justice: the ability to persuade Harvard Law School alumni and other wealthy donors to give hundreds of millions of dollars, which helped surpass a daunting fund-raising goal that came with her job as dean," the Boston Globe reports. "If Kagan is confirmed to the court as expected, it is possible she will encounter Harvard donors again, this time arguing as lawyers, plaintiffs, or defendants."
SCOTUS politics is nasty as it wants to be… Kagan may not be getting much support from Republicans, but 2 Live Crew front-man Luther Campbell likes her. (Hat tip: Politico's Gerstein.) As an associate at Williams & Connolly, Kagan wrote a brief for the Recording Industry Association of America arguing that 2 Live Crew's music had artistic value. Campbell writes in the Miami New Times: 'She realized these words did not meet the standard of appealing to prurient interests. She did a great job fighting on 2 Live Crew's behalf, which lets you know that Kagan is not easily swayed by public opinion or by politicians with their own hidden agendas,' Campbell writes in this week's Miami New Times. 'She is not going to let any person or group tell her what is right or wrong. Kagan will judge each case based on the law of the land. She has demonstrated she can protect the Constitution by doing the fine work she did to protect 2 Live Crew's freedom of speech.'"