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  • Scary Thoughts or Scary Realities?

    09/21/2016 12:57:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 21, 2016 | Victor Sharpe and Robert Vincent
    If Hillary Clinton should enter the Oval Office as president, just think what will happen to the Supreme Court and America for generations. Right now, the balance of the Court is evenly divided between those whose thoughts lean closer to those of the late Justice Scalia and those on the opposite end of the spectrum, who would use the courts to impose the agenda of the progressive left. The very nature of our government and our society will be fundamentally and fatally impacted should Hillary Clinton become the next president. She will select leftist justices to replace existing justices as...
  • A Vote Against Trump Is a Vote for Sanity

    08/04/2016 11:03:17 AM PDT · by aspasia · 44 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | Aug 3, 2016 | Christian Schneider
    Even the sole good reason for electing Trump — blocking Clinton's certain appointment of liberal Supreme Court justices — falls apart under scrutiny. Does anyone actually believe Trump is steeped in conservative judicial philosophy enough to appoint a justice willing to practice judicial humility? Asking Trump to properly identify a conservative jurist is like asking your dentist to perform your next prostate exam. And in that case, you at least get a new toothbrush out of the deal. (The best strategy seems to preserve Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas in Han Solo-style carbonite and hold our breath until 2020.)
  • The surprising, subtle messages in Trump’s SCOTUS shortlist

    05/19/2016 6:04:46 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 18, 2016 | The Post editorial board
    <p>Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees sends multiple messages — all smart, and some pretty subtle.</p> <p>The main point, of course, was to reassure Republicans that he really would name a new justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia — someone who’d resist the temptation to read his or her own policy preferences into the Constitution and the law.</p>
  • Donald Trump Releases List of Potential Supreme Court Appointments

    05/18/2016 2:21:53 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 18, 2016 | Sundance
    Today Donald J. Trump released the much-anticipated list of people he would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court. This list was compiled, first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership. Mr. Trump stated, “Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I...
  • Trump's 11 potential Supreme Court Justices (bio and Wiki link)

    05/18/2016 12:48:45 PM PDT · by justlurking · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2016-05-18 | Me
    Don Willett is a Texas Supreme Court justice: David Stras is an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court: Allison Eid is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court: Joan Larsen is a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. Steven Colloton is a federal judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: Raymond Gruender is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: Thomas Hardiman is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: Raymond M. Kethledge is a federal judge...
  • Trump unveils list of his top Supreme Court picks

    05/18/2016 11:31:12 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 13 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2016 | JILL COLVIN
    Trump's picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri. Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.
  • Republican Senators who voted for Sotomayor or Kagan

    02/19/2016 2:53:54 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    Richard Lugar (IL) - Primaried out of office Olympia Snowe (ME) - retired after primary threat Judd Gregg (NH) - gone! Kit Bond (MO) - gone! George Voinovich (OH) - gone! Mel Martinez (FL) - gone! Lamar Alexander (TN) - who's surprised? Lindsey Graham (SC) - who's surprised? Susan Collins (ME) - only republican senator who rates BELOW democrats Unfortunately, Mitch has a whole NEW group of linguini-spined moderates: Rounds, Tillis, Ayotte, Capito, etc.

    02/15/2016 8:29:57 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 15, 2016 | Jessica Gresko
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A black-draped chair on the Supreme Court bench once signaled that a justice had died, but those somber memorials have been increasingly uncommon at the court as its members have chosen to retire rather than hold their office until death.
  • Some Thoughts on Something Besides Cruz's Eligibility

    01/11/2016 6:18:49 PM PST · by Shery · 154 replies
    11 January | Vanity
    Personally, I was shocked when the "queen of conservatism" came out for Donald Trump. Phyllis Schafly has been a conservative icon for so long, and even though I've disagreed with her a couple times in the recent past, I was flabbergasted that she would pick somebody who openly declares that he doesn't see his need of asking God's forgiveness for anything. I realize she predicated her choice on what he claims to be his stand on immigrants, and how he says he will deal with the illegals. However, has she been listening to him or just reading what she wants...
  • An Issue of Supreme Importance for 2016

    04/16/2015 1:10:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 15, 2015 | Allen Mendenhall
    "...................The Senate Judiciary Committee, which conducts hearings on presidential nominees to the High Court, currently consists of 11 Republicans and 9 Democrats. Republicans hold a 54-member majority in the Senate, the governing body that confirms presidential nominees to the Court. If these numbers remain unchanged or only slightly changed under a Republican president, that president would have wide latitude to nominate candidates who have tested and principled commitments to conservatism. Let’s say the presidential election favored a Democrat. A Democratic president could simply replace the departing Justice Ginsburg or Justice Breyer with a jurist in their mold, in effect filling...
  • Oklahoma House Seeks to Impeach Half of Their Liberal Supreme Court

    06/02/2014 1:55:20 PM PDT · by SgtHooper · 26 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Two Oklahoma death row inmates (whose crimes both involved the brutal rape and murder of children) sued the government in order to find out the source of the drugs used in the lethal injection that they would receive. After the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals gave the go-ahead for the executions, the state’s Supreme Court granted an indefinite appeal to the inmates. However, an Oklahoma House member drafted a resolution to impeach the justices who granted the stay, precipitating a 180 degree turnaround by the OK Supreme Court. From The Guardian: The Oklahoma supreme court has dissolved its stay of...
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Anonymous hacks US Sentencing Commission, distributes files

    01/26/2013 10:50:39 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 115 replies
    ZDNET ^ | Violet Blue
    Hacktivist group Anonymous took control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website Friday, January 25 in a new campaign called "Operation Last Resort." The first attack on the website was early Friday morning. The second - successful - attack came around 9pm PST that evening. anonymous By 3am PST was down (it has since been dropped from the DNS), yet as of this writing the IP address ( still returns the defaced site's contents. It appears that via the U.S. government website, Anonymous had distributed encrypted government files and left a statement on the website that de-encryption keys would be...
  • Why Liberals Never Get Angry at the Supreme Court's Liberal Justices

    07/11/2012 7:51:52 AM PDT · by EG1979 · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 10, 2012 | Mendy Finkel
    The way liberals see it, the Supreme Court’s four liberal justices often side with conservatives on major cases. Why, then, don’t we see outrage from liberals when one of their justices breaks rank, as we saw with conservatives when Chief Justice John Roberts voted to uphold the constitutionally of Obamacare? In fact, it’s hard to think of any examples of liberals being outraged at liberal justices for crossing the ideological divide.
  • Prosser makes final recusal request in ethics case (WI)

    06/27/2012 2:07:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-27-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Justice David Prosser has now asked all his colleagues on the state Supreme Court to step aside in his ethics case. One justice has already recused herself, and Prosser is not expected to participate in the case. If two others remove themselves, the case will effectively end because at least four of the court's seven justices are needed to take any action. Prosser is accused of violating the state ethics code for judges by putting his hands on the neck of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley after she confronted him face to face in her office in June 2011....
  • Obama Nominates Two to Appeals Court

    06/16/2012 2:20:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2012 | Charlie Savage
    President Obama on Monday nominated two lawyers to fill vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a powerful panel to which he has so far been unable to appoint anyone since taking office. Mr. Srinivasan also represented several clients at O'Melveny and Myers that conservatives are likely to criticize him over, filing amicus briefs on behalf of groups opposed to voter photographic identification laws and supporting affirmative action policies in university admissions. Republicans cited several reasons for their opposition to Ms. Halligan, including that as New York's solicitor general she had advanced the...
  • Losing Nicaragua-- The Sandinistas are slowly crushing democracy.

    11/24/2009 8:21:15 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 19 replies · 800+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/24/2009 | Jaime Daremblum
    With U.S. policymakers distracted by the situation in Honduras, Nicaragua continues to move toward authoritarianism. On October 19, a Nicaraguan Supreme Court panel overturned a constitutional provision limiting presidents to two non-consecutive terms in office. The ruling will allow incumbent Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega--the Sandinista party leader, former Soviet client, vociferous critic of the United States, and current Hugo Chávez acolyte--to run for another term in 2011. If there were any doubts that Nicaraguan democracy is slowly being extinguished, this latest development should remove them. The Nicaraguan Supreme Court is composed of 16 members. Thanks to a political deal made...
  • Katie Couric Grills Obama on his Recent Statements about Supreme Court (Satire)

    04/08/2012 5:38:12 PM PDT · by zencycler · 9 replies
    Vanity | 4/8/2012 | self
    Couric: Let's take a look at what you said recently regarding the upcoming Supreme Court decision on your health care legislation: “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” You claim it would be "unprecedented" if the justices overturn this law. But isn't that the proper role of the courts, and hasn't it happened many times before? Obama: Clearly, I was talking about important laws like this, which were enacted during my administation. So since...
  • Supreme Court to Consider Obamacare Case Friday (private meeting, Justice's Conference)

    04/14/2011 3:39:00 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 60 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 14, 2011 | David Catron
    When the U.S. Supreme Court is in session, each Wednesday and Friday afternoon is set aside for an esoteric conclave known as the Justices' Conference. During these private meetings, the justices discuss cases they have recently heard or might decide to hear. The first order of business usually involves the latter, requests from various litigants for the high court to review cases that have been adjudicated by lower courts. Typically, these cases have already been through the appellate process, but occasionally the justices receive a "petition for certiorari before judgment" asking them to consider the decision of some District Court...
  • Juror's research led to murder mistrial

    01/17/2011 5:11:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    standard speaker ^ | January 17, 2011 | Bob Kalinowski
    Juror's research led to murder mistrial By Bob Kalinowski (Staff Writer) Published: January 17, 2011 Legal experts have coined them "Google mistrials." Curious jurors seeking to conduct their own research surf the Internet about facts presented in court, bringing a halt to important court cases and tainting the outcome. Sometimes it's done unwittingly. Other times it's done against a judge's specific directions. On Friday, it ended Lamont Cherry's murder trial in Luzerne County court. A juror admitted to researching medical issues at home on her computer after five hours of deliberations Thursday ended in a deadlocked panel, prompting a cloud...
  • Breyer says justices must adapt to Facebook world

    11/16/2010 3:58:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/10 | Erik Schelzig - ap
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don't expect a Facebook friend request from Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer any time soon. The 72-year-old justice said in a speech at Vanderbilt Law School on Tuesday that he was perplexed when he recently saw the film "The Social Network" about the origins of Facebook. But Breyer said the film illustrates his argument that modern conditions — like the development of the social-networking site — should inform justices when interpreting a Constitution written in the 18th century. "If I'm applying the First Amendment, I have to apply it to a world where there's an Internet, and...
  • Stopping Judicial Imperialism (We should be able to vote out judges who act like politicians)

    11/09/2010 7:29:51 AM PST · by WebFocus · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2010 | Thomas Sowell
    Results of the recent elections showed that growing numbers of Americans are fed up with “public servants” who act as if they are public masters. This went beyond the usual objections to particular policies. It was the fact that policies were crammed down our throats, whether we liked them or not. In fact, laws were passed so fast that nobody had time to read them. Whether these policies were good, bad, or indifferent, the way they were imposed represented a more fundamental threat to the very principles of a self-governing people established by the Constitution of the United States. Arrogant...
  • Gay marriage support knocks 3 Iowa justices off the bench

    11/04/2010 9:58:52 AM PDT · by goldendays · 24 replies ^ | November 4, 2010 |
    Gay marriage support knocks 3 Iowa justices off the bench Comments November 4, 2010 DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans voted to remove three state Supreme Court justices, siding with conservatives angered by a ruling that allowed gay marriage. Justices Marsha Ternus, David Baker and Michael Streit will be removed after about 54 percent of voters backed their ouster -- the first time Iowa voters have removed a Supreme Court justice since the current system began in 1962. They were on the court of seven justices who unanimously decided last year that an Iowa law restricting marriage to one man and...
  • Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide

    06/28/2010 7:29:13 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | June 28 2010 | MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" applies nationwide as a restraint on the ability of government to limit its application
  • Most Americans can't name one Supreme Court justice

    06/02/2010 4:06:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies · 728+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Jun 2, 2010 | Chris Lehmann
    As Congress gears up to do battle over Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, Americans are struggling to identify the names of her would-be colleagues... Two-thirds of the 1,000 American adults polled couldn't name a single current justice, and just 1 percent were able to name all nine sitting justices. The largest proportion of respondents were able to name Clarence Thomas, at 19 percent; Chief Justice John Roberts was next with 16 percent. Bringing up the rear were Anthony Kennedy — the pivotal swing vote in many high court decisions — with 6 percent, and Stephen Breyer, who rang...
  • Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring

    04/09/2010 7:41:55 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 221 replies · 5,552+ views
    AP ^ | 4/9/2010 | MARK SHERMAN
    <p>WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, he is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill.</p> <p>Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he hopes his successor is confirmed "well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term."</p>
  • The American Minute: Rufus King, Anti-Slavery Efforts - Supreme Court Justices - Repubs

    03/24/2010 3:22:34 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 6 replies · 193+ views
    The American Minute by William J Federer ^ | March 24, 2010 | William J Federer
    American Minute for March 24th: William Jay, son of the First Supreme Court Chief Justice, helped found New York City's Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. His son, John Jay, was manager of New York Young Men's Anti-Slavery Society in 1834. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story helped establish the illegality of the slave trade in the 1844 Amistad case. Salmon P. Chase, appointed Chief Justice by Lincoln, defended so many escaped slaves in his career he was nicknamed "Attorney-General of Fugitive Slaves." Cassius Marcellus Clay, diplomat to Russia for Lincoln and Grant, founded the anti-slavery journal True American in 1845 and helped...

    01/26/2010 8:34:13 AM PST · by Beloved Levinite · 93 replies · 2,882+ views ^ | January 22, 2010 | Gordon Duff
    THE FIVE THAT STAND AGAINST ALL AMERICANS, THE “MAFIA” JUDGES By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor Five members of the Supreme Court declared that a “corporation” is a person, not a “regular person” but one above all natural laws, subject to no God, no moral code but one with unlimited power over our lives, a power awarded by judges who seem themselves as grand inquisitors in an meant to hunt down all hertics who fail to serve their god, the god of money. Their ruling has made it legal for foreign controlled corporations to flush unlimited money into our bloated...
  • Antonin Scalia vs. John Paul Stevens

    01/23/2010 3:00:57 AM PST · by free1977free · 54 replies · 1,478+ views
    Counting the majority opinion and the various partial concurrences and dissents, today’s landmark First Amendment decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission clocks in a hefty 183-pages. But one thing that jumped right out while reading the dissent (it’s also a concurrence, in parts) written by Justice John Paul Stevens and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor, is Stevens' angry tone. He calls the idea that the First Amendment forbids distinctions between individuals and individuals organized as a corporation “a glittering generality” with no foundation in the law, and later declares, “Under the majority's...
  • Catholic justices challenged to live their faith

    10/12/2009 6:02:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 914+ views
    One News Now ^ | October 11, 2009 | Charles Butts
    A prominent pro-life organization has thrown down the gauntlet before a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court's fall/winter session is just gettingunder way. The challenge comes from Judie Brown, president of the American Life League (ALL). "Now that we have six people on the Supreme Court out of nine who claim to be Catholic," she notes, "we'd like for them to take the opportunity to address the reality of who it is who lives in the womb from the moment that his or her life begins, and then take action to overrule themselves so that the...
  • "Originalism" is not conservative judicial activism

    06/16/2009 11:02:28 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 143+ views
    Renew America ^ | June 16, 2009 | Robert Meyer
    Recent diatribes have appeared in the media criticizing and misrepresenting the rationale of those opposed to the Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor has been lauded ad nauseam for her desire to be empathetic in her adjudication, and many have remarked unceasingly about the impressiveness of her "life experience." Empathy and "life experience" are certainly wonderful virtues. But are they most appropriate for a social worker or for a judge? Our own legal icon, Lady Justice, wears a blindfold and holds balanced scales in her hand. There is no room for favoritism in adjudication, and the idea of judicial...
  • García: The convenient distraction of claiming Cardozo was Hispanic

    05/31/2009 6:43:17 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 55 replies · 1,804+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 5.31.2009 | Arnold Garcia Jr.
    Adesperate — and ridiculous — claim that Sonia Sotomayor would not be the first Hispanic justice to take the U.S. Supreme Court bench is very revealing. There are actually people claiming with a straight face that Benjamin Cardozo, appointed to the court by Herbert Hoover in 1932, was the first Hispanic justice.
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK (Obama will choose a Muslim)

    04/01/2009 1:37:30 PM PDT · by Paige · 16 replies · 1,080+ views
    New York Post ^ | 03/31/2009 | Meghan Clyne
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh. Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. In that job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our...
  • Justice Department nominees signal ‘Culture of Death’ policies, critic says

    02/02/2009 10:24:25 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 282+ views
    CNA ^ | February 1, 2009
    President Barack Obama / Leonard A. Leo Washington DC, Feb 1, 2009 / 07:55 pm (CNA).- Confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice nominees are reportedly proceeding so quickly that Republicans and outside groups are unable to make meaningful criticisms of their intense support for abortion rights and other moral issues. One critic said the nominations portend the most “Culture of Death” justice department in American history.“We are on the brink of having the most Culture of Death, anti-family Justice Department ever,” Leonard Leo, former Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee Catholic Outreach and Chairman of Students...
  • New U.S. Supreme Court term begins next week

    10/03/2008 10:07:22 PM PDT · by jasonmyos · 2 replies · 386+ views
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes next week for a term that will be conducted under the backdrop of November's presidential election. Among cases to be heard by the high court is whether pharmaceutical companies may be sued for patient injuries, if the Federal Communications Commission may restrict foul language on broadcast television, if the Navy can be barred from using sonar off the California coast and whether local officials can be sued for violations that took place on their watch.
  • 5 Supreme Court (Roman Catholic) justices on White House guest list (No Obama or Hillary)

    04/16/2008 11:06:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 219+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/08 | AP
    WASHINGTON - All five Roman Catholic justices on the Supreme Court were invited to Wednesday night's splashy White House dinner in honor of Pope Benedict XVI. Republican presidential contender John McCain will be there, too. But Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, who had a nationally broadcast debate scheduled Wednesday night, were not invited. About 250 guests were to attend the dinner. Benedict will not be there because he will be attending an evening prayer service with U.S. bishops. The guests include former Los Angeles Dodgers baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John...
  • Message to Religious Conservatives: Giuliani Would Appoint Solid Supreme Court Justices

    01/23/2008 10:31:44 AM PST · by jdm · 105 replies · 253+ views
    It took Nixon to go to China. It took Bill Clinton, a Democrat, to get control of the federal deficit. (Sorry, conservatives, but it’s true.) And it might take Rudy Giuliani to appoint solid Supreme Court Justices.With Fred Thompson out of the race, judicial conservatives are looking for a candidate. John McCain? Three words: Gang of 14. Mike Huckabee? He’ll never be President. Mitt Romney? Ehhhh . . . he might be OK — but I think he comes across to voters as too slick and unprincipled. And there may be a reason for that.But there’s no reason, in my...
  • Supreme Court justices appear divided over lethal injection case

    01/07/2008 11:25:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 511+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/07/08 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices indicated Monday they are deeply divided over a challenge to the way most states execute prisoners by lethal injection, which critics say creates an avoidable risk of excruciating pain. With executions in the United States halted since late September, the court heard arguments in a case from Kentucky that calls into question the mix of three drugs used in most executions. Justice Antonin Scalia was among several conservatives on the court who suggested he would uphold Kentucky's method of execution and allow capital punishment to resume. States have been careful to adopt procedures that do...
  • The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy

    10/23/2007 10:12:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 135+ views
    Social Science Research Network ^ | 2006 | Zvi. S. Rosen
    Abstract: "The Irony of Populism: The Republican Shift and the Inevitability of American Aristocracy" analyzes the shift in the role of the Supreme Court following the movement towards a democratic Senate which culminated in the Seventeenth Amendment. The Supreme Court's shift is presented as the inevitable result of the system of mixed government that underlies the constitutional order, which orders American Government into democratic, aristocratic, and monarchical parts. While in the original conception of the constitution the Senate was the aristocratic part, the Senate would become part of the democratic part with the Seventeenth Amendment and prior procedural changes. Into...
  • Analysts Mull Possibility of Supreme Court Vacancy

    06/25/2007 10:47:48 AM PDT · by PR4MRC2007 · 29 replies · 1,389+ views
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | Evan Moore
    If a U.S. Supreme Court justice steps down in the coming months, the Bush administration may have an easier time filling the seat with a conservative nominee than is generally expected, some political analysts argue. The first full term in which Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., and Associate Justice Samuel Alito have served together is drawing to a close, and the country is again bracing for the possibility of another justice retiring from the bench. Retirement speculation focuses on Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both liberals. Stevens is 87 years old; and although Ginsburg is 13 years...
  • The Next Supreme Court Vacancy

    06/21/2007 5:37:04 AM PDT · by gpapa · 49 replies · 1,553+ views
    National Review ^ | June 21, 2007 | Edward Whelan
    If a Supreme Court vacancy unexpectedly develops this summer, the conventional wisdom is that President Bush will find it extremely difficult or impossible to get a strong proponent of judicial restraint confirmed by the Senate....snip....This conventional wisdom is unsound.
  • CA: Justices uphold Night Stalker convictions, death sentence (now if we had a way to whack 'em)

    05/29/2007 11:02:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 627+ views
    The Supreme Court refused to review the convictions and death sentence Tuesday for serial killer Richard Ramirez, the so-called Night Stalker who killed 13 people in California in the 1980s. The justices declined without comment to act on Ramirez's appeal. His killing spree terrorized the Los Angeles area in 1984 and 1985. Satanic symbols were left at murder scenes and some victims were forced by the killer to "swear to Satan." Ramirez, convicted in 1989, is not likely to be executed any time soon. He still has another round of federal appeals to pursue and the state's death penalty has...
  • Judging History - Republicans don’t know what they want.

    02/28/2007 11:00:49 PM PST · by gpapa · 10 replies · 570+ views
    National Review ^ | February 28, 2007 | Thomas Sowell
    It is understandable that liberal Democratic presidents, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, loaded the Supreme Court with liberal, Democratic justices. What is far harder to understand is how a whole succession of conservative Republican presidents — Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush 41 — managed to appoint so many liberals to the Supreme Court.
  • Justices defend Florida recount decision ('had no choice but to intervene' in the Florida fiasco)

    01/24/2007 11:26:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 116 replies · 2,496+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/07 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - Three of the five Supreme Court justices who handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 say they had no choice but to intervene in the Florida recount. Comments from Justice Anthony Kennedy and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor are in a new book that was published this week. Justice Antonin Scalia made his remarks Tuesday at Iona College in New York. Scalia, answering questions after a speech, also said that critics of the 5-4 ruling in Bush v. Gore need to move on six years after the electoral drama of December 2000, when it seemed the...
  • Don’t Despair: Strong justices can still be confirmed ( The Case for Hope )

    11/09/2006 7:46:20 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 45 replies · 837+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/09/2006 | Edward Whelan
    Don’t Despair Strong justices can still be confirmed. By Edward Whelan The Democrats’ capture of formal control of the Senate is bad news for President Bush’s judicial nominations — especially to the federal courts of appeals — during his final two years in office. But don’t be fooled by Democrats’ bluffing. There’s still plenty of room to get another excellent Supreme Court justice — or even two or three more — confirmed. Skeptical? Consider the last Republican appointee to the Court to be confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate — Clarence Thomas in 1991. That Senate had 57 Democrats and only...
  • Four Supreme Court justices attend Red Mass in Washington

    10/03/2006 10:16:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 1,239+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | October 2, 2006
    Washington DC, Oct. 02, 2006 (CNA) - Four Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass, which is traditionally held each autumn to mark the beginning of the court’s new term and draws members of the legal community, Presidential Cabinet members, and occasionaly the President himself. Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington presided at yesterday’s Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, where the Red Mass has been held since 1952. Four of the five Catholic Supreme Court justices — Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas — attended, reported The Associated Press. Justice Samuel...
  • California justices frown on Internet libel lawsuits

    09/05/2006 9:29:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 323+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/5/06 | David Kravets - ap
    The California Supreme Court is taking a dim view of libel lawsuits against Web site operators who post inflammatory information from other sources. The justices said during a 60-minute court hearing Tuesday testing the 1996 Communications Decency Act that Congress and other courts have already spoken on the issue. The justices were leaning toward tossing out a lawsuit against a San Diego woman who posted an allegedly libelous e-mail she received on her site's message board. The widely watched case included briefs from some of the Internet's biggest names, including, America Online Inc., eBay Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp....
  • CA: Justices uphold Night Stalker convictions, death sentence (If this was Texan, he'd be long gone)

    08/07/2006 2:01:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 433+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/7/06 | David Kravets - ap
    The California Supreme Court upheld the convictions and death sentence Monday for serial killer Richard Ramirez whose so-called Night Stalker killing spree terrorized the Los Angeles area in the mid 1980s. Ramirez, 46, was sentenced to death in 1989 for 13 Los Angeles-area murders in 1984 and 1985. Satanic symbols were left at murder scenes and some victims were forced to "swear to Satan" by the killer, who entered homes through unlocked windows and doors. The justices unanimously denied claims that Ramirez was incompetent to stand trial, that the case should have been moved outside Los Angeles, and that all...
  • CA: Justices delve into doctors' religious dilemma

    06/14/2006 9:23:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 298+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/14/06 | David Kravets - ap
    The California Supreme Court delved into the world of religion Wednesday, agreeing to decide whether doctors can deny treatment to patients who offend their religious beliefs. The justices decided to review the case of two Vista fertility doctors, Christine Brody and Douglas Fenton, who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian woman. The Christian doctors, however, do not object to treating married patients requiring insemination. "These physicians do not believe that it is necessarily appropriate for a woman to have a baby out of wedlock," the doctors' attorney, Robert Tyler said. "Should a Christian be forced to artificially inseminate an unmarried...
  • USSC: Justices avoid San Diego gay couple's custody battle

    05/22/2006 10:06:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 802+ views
    WASHINGTON For the second time, the Supreme Court on Monday shied away from getting involved in a child custody fight between a San Diego woman and her former lesbian partner. The birth mother, known as Sharon S., is trying to prevent her former partner from adopting one of the two children the women were raising together. Sharon S. and her partner Annette F. separated after an incident of domestic violence that Sharon blames on Annette. The California Supreme Court rejected the attempt by Sharon to prevent the adoption, which she consented to by signing an adoption petition in August 1999....