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  • Texas asks Supreme Court for delay in Obama amnesty case

    11/23/2015 3:59:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2015 | Mark Sherman - AP
    WASHINGTON -- Texas asked the Supreme Court Monday for more time to answer the Obama administration's immigration appeal, a delay that probably would prevent the plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation from taking effect during Barack Obama's presidency. If the justices agree to the state's request, the administration's plan would miss the court's informal deadline for a decision by the end of June. The plan that Obama unveiled a year ago mainly affects people who are living in the country illegally, but who have children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Unless the court was to...
  • Obama administration asks Supreme Court to approve executive amnesty

    11/20/2015 11:13:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to reinstate President Obama's deportation amnestyFriday, filing papers appealing a federal appeals court's decision blocking the amnesty exactly a year after the program was first announced. Administration officials hope to get the case on the high court's calendar for this term, which ends in June. Otherwise the case would have to wait to be heard until October 2016, at the earliest, which would mean a decision likely wouldn't come until after Mr. Obama leaves office and a new president has a chance to undo his moves. Mr. Obama is desperate to try to...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Government Almighty

    11/16/2015 3:25:58 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/16/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court decision to hear Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell means that another group of Christians bedeviled by Beltway bureaucrats must beg permission from nine unelected government officials to practice their faith unmolested. This is not about women’s health or reproductive rights. It is just another battle in the war on religious liberty waged by various manifestations of the state for two millennia. Whether it is President Obama ordering his HHS secretary to bring intransigent nuns to heel or the Emperor Trajan advising a provincial governor on the proper punishment of unrepentant Christians, it is all about...
  • Supreme Court takes up major challenge to abortion restrictions

    11/13/2015 11:24:25 AM PST · by NRx · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-13-2015 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear its first major abortion controversy in nearly a decade, agreeing to determine how far states may go in regulating the procedure without violating a woman’s constitutional rights. It will be one of the court’s most consequential rulings on the morally and politically divisive subject, and it will land just months before Americans choose a new president. The divide over protecting the unborn and safeguarding the right of a woman to choose is among the starkest differences between the Republican and Democratic candidates. Numerous states have enacted restrictions that lawmakers say protect a...
  • The Real Reason G.W. Bush Hates Ted Cruz

    11/09/2015 4:35:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 9, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    “I just don’t like the guy,” said former President George W. Bush of Senator Ted Cruz, according to reports of a meeting Bush had with donors not too long ago. The 43rd president went on to add that he believed Cruz was an opportunist running for president for personal gain, unlike his sainted brother, who is a true public servant. Shortly after the report came out, “Bush’s brain” Karl Rove continued the attack on Cruz, saying, "I do know that President Bush has expressed some — on a number of occasions — a little bit of astonishment as to the...
  • Legal experts, by dozens, want resistance to marriage ruling

    11/08/2015 7:59:31 AM PST · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    WND ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    Dozens of top legal scholars from the likes of Washington & Lee, Boston College, Kansas State, Notre Dame, University of Texas, Villanova, Vanderbilt, Hillsdale, University of Nebraska, Catholic University and Regent University have issued a statement encouraging all state and federal officials to treat the Supreme Court’s recent creation of “same-sex marriage” as “anti-constitutional and illegitimate.” [] “We call on all federal and state officeholders: To refuse to accept Obergefell as binding precedent for all but the specific plaintiffs in that case. To recognize the authority of states to define marriage, and the right of federal and state officeholders to...
  • Counties line up to tell Supremes to take a hike

    11/08/2015 7:44:05 AM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    WND ^ | Nov 7, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    Officials in a several counties in Tennessee are lining up to tell the U.S. Supreme Court to take a hike. In Johnson County, officials voted “to affirm and go on record that Johnson County is vehemently opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell et al v. Hodges and supports the decision of any elected/appointed official challenging that unconstitutional decision.” In Greene County officials adopted a very similar statement that pointed out that “since this country’s founding [states] have regulated and defined marriage without interference from the federal government or its courts.” In McMinn County, officials pointed out the text...
  • There's Another Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare contraception mandate

    11/07/2015 11:27:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/06/2015 | Rick Moran
    For the fourth time, Obamacare is going before the Supreme Court, this time to decide if forcing religious nonprofit groups to provide contraception against their beliefs is constitutional. Politico: The case represents yet another trip for the Affordable Care Act before the justices since the law's passage more than five years ago — and this one could represent another Obamacare-Supreme Court flash point in an election year. But unlike some of the earlier Obamacare challenges, a ruling against the administration would not cripple the legislation. The law's major provisions, such as the health insurance exchanges, the subsidies and Medicaid...
  • Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenge to HHS Contraception Mandate

    11/07/2015 7:49:53 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 6, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Justices will give the Little Sisters of the Poor their day in court The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a challenge from religious organizations who say the government’s requirement that their health plans provide coverage for contraceptives violates their religious beliefs.The high court ruled last year, in the Hobby Lobby case, that the Health and Human Services contraception mandate violates for-profit businesses’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. But the new challenge examines how religious-operated groups, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor and some colleges and dioceses, who employ lay people, have to comply with the contraception mandate.The Obama administration crafted an indirect...
  • Supreme Court to hear challenges to Obamacare birth control mandate

    11/06/2015 11:55:59 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11-6-2015 | Tom Howell Jr. - T
    The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear lawsuits from religious nonprofits who say the government didn’t go far enough when it offered to carve them out of President Obama’s birth-control rules on employers. The justices agreed to take on seven cases brought by faith-based colleges and ministries from across the country, marking the fourth time that a skirmish over all or part of Obamacare has made it to the Supreme Court. It’s also the second time the justices have agreed to referee the so-called “contraception mandate,” an outgrowth of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that requires employers to...
  • Supreme Court case pits privacy rights against Internet data brokers

    11/01/2015 4:56:09 PM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/1/2015 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court is set to hear a clash between privacy laws that protect American consumers and the desire of online data providers to avoid potentially crippling lawsuits if they post inaccurate information on the Web. On Monday the justices will take up the case of Thomas Robins, a Virginia man who sued Spokeo, a Pasadena-based tech company that calls itself a "people search engine." Spokeo sells profiles of people drawn from data available online. When the company produced a profile of Robins, he was surprised to see himself described as married with children, in his 50s, with a graduate...
  • Court grants review in firearm-possession case

    11/01/2015 5:15:36 PM PST · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 10/30/2015 | Amy Howe
    Court grants review in firearm-possession case This afternoon the Court issued an initial group of orders from its October 30 Conference, adding one new case to its merits docket for the Term. The Justices had considered Voisine v. United States at two earlier Conferences before granting review today. At issue are the convictions of two Maine men, Stephen Voisine and William Armstrong, for violating a federal law that prohibits the possession of firearms and ammunition by individuals who have previously been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Both men allege that their convictions under Maine law for simple...
  • Apple asks U.S. Supreme Court to toss e-books antitrust decision

    10/29/2015 11:21:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 29, 2015 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the iPad maker conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices. Apple asked the high court on Wednesday to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws. If upheld, the decision would also force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's civil liability being upheld. Apple...
  • Justice Kennedy: Christians with convictions resigned under Hitler and they should today too

    10/29/2015 10:34:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 135 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/29/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, October 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told a Harvard Law School audience that government employees with religious convictions about marriage should resign. The Ronald Reagan appointee said on Wednesday that if a public official has a moral objection to homosexuality, he must either follow the law or quit public service. The judge's comment came in answer to a question a student asked about government officials who disagree with the Supreme Court's decisions on gay marriage, or abortion, and if those citizens have the constitutional right to act according to their sincerely held moral...
  • Ted Cruz Makes an Argument That Needs To Be Made Over and Over in 2016

    10/26/2015 3:16:06 PM PDT · by Isara · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | October 26, 2015 | David French
    Heres Ted Cruz, speaking Friday: One more liberal justice and our right to keep and bear arms is taken away from us by an activist court. What is he talking about? This from a piece I wrote earlier this month: [I]f the Supreme Courts decision in Obergefell v. Hodges teaches us anything, its that the age of judicial supremacy means that five justices can amend the Constitution far more efficiently than Congress and the state legislatures. And right now there are clearly four Supreme Court justices who are committed to the absurd view that the operative clause of the...
  • Cruz: America one more liberal justice away from irrevocable damage

    10/24/2015 8:21:41 AM PDT · by Isara · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 24, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    One more liberal justice and they begin sandblasting and bulldozing veterans memorials throughout this country, he added. One more liberal justice and we lose our sovereignty to the United Nations and the World Court. Cruz was critical of the high court after its decisions to uphold Obamacare and legalize gay marriage last term. He said the Supreme Court should face elections in order to hold the nine-justice tribunal accountable. The GOP primary hopeful also said Chief Justice John Roberts put on an Obama jersey in his King v. Burwell majority decision that upheld the Obamacare subsidies. Cruz has surged to...
  • Scalia: 'Wouldn't surprise me' if death penalty struck down

    10/21/2015 10:09:17 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 20, 2015 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (October 20, 2015) Referencing rulings to restrict capital punishment and changing sentiment within the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the nation's highest court invalidates the death penalty. Scalia addressed capital punishment during a University of Minnesota Law School appearance in which he also made clear retirement isn't in his near-term plans. The death penalty came up as Scalia described his judicial view that the Constitution is an "enduring" document that shouldn't be open to broad interpretation while sharing frustration that his colleagues too readily find flexibility in it.
  • U.S. justices question Obama administration electricity markets rule

    10/14/2015 2:48:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/14/15 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed doubt about whether the Obama administration had the authority to issue a regulation aimed at encouraging efficiency in the electricity market by having electrical grid operators pay users to reduce consumption at peak times. The court heard oral arguments in an appeal filed by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to reverse a May 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that threw out the rule. The case pits the government's energy regulator against power companies that are fighting a regulation...
  • Legal Scholars Rise Up Against the Supreme Courts Judicial Despotism

    10/12/2015 5:51:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2015 | Michael Brown
    Ive been saying that 2015 is the year of pushback, and this might be the most significant act of pushing back so far: A group of legal scholars, most of them university professors, have declared that the Supreme Courts redefinition of marriage this past June 26th is not the law of the land, and they are calling on all office holders, together with all presidential candidates, to join them in rejecting the Courts decision. Make no mistake about it: This is really big news. These scholars, who teach at schools like Princeton and Oxford and Notre Dame and Boston and...
  • Time to Knock the Supremes Down a Peg or Three

    10/11/2015 12:59:02 AM PDT · by Monorprise · 43 replies
    crisismagazine.com ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2015 | AUSTIN RUSE
    Besides doing something about certain lawless decisions made by our black-robed masters, something must also be done about how we came to such a place where they can cast their gaze across the fruited plain and whatever catches their fancy becomes the law of the land, indeed higher than the Constitution. Roe was bad enough, a joke of a decision made out of whole cloth after Justice Blackmun consulted with phony history and the opinion of his young daughter. But Obergefell is much worse, coming as it does after twenty years of everyday Americans making their views abundantly and overwhelmingly...
  • The Second Amendment Is One Supreme Court Justice from Repeal

    10/07/2015 6:26:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 118 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2015 | David French
    In August, my colleague Charlie Cooke wrote an epic rant daring the Left to stop talking about repealing the Second Amendment and start doing it. Introduce the repeal to Congress, work it through the states, and tell the American people what you want to do take from them a fundamental, enumerated right from the Bill of Rights. As Charlie eloquently outlines, repealing the Second Amendment is an impossible task. Even worse for the Left, its political suicide.But if the Supreme Courts decision in Obergefell v. Hodges teaches us anything, its that the age of judicial supremacy means that...
  • Drudge: I had a Supreme Court Justice say to me its over for me."

    10/06/2015 11:36:40 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 263 replies
    google search ^ | October 6, 2015
    Circulating on the web tonight: During an appearance on the Alex Jones Show, Drudge asserted that copyright laws which prevent websites from even linking to news stories were being advanced. I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me its over for me, said Drudge. Theyve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, youre out of there. Theyre going to make it so you cant even use headlines. To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me its over, theyve got the votes, which means time is limited, he added, noting that a day was coming when simply operating an...
  • Arkansas to U.S. Supreme Court: Overturn Roe v. Wade

    10/06/2015 2:04:27 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/06/2015 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    Arkansas has asked the Supreme Court to revisit its long-standing ruling that a woman can terminate a pregnancy until the fetus is viable outside of the womb. Arkansas on Tuesday asked the justices to overturn a lower court decision that found that the states ban on abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy and when a heartbeat is detected is unconstitutional. The court established the viability standard in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed it in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Arkansas argues that the viability rule is arbitrary, not written in the constitution, and is outdated....
  • Civics, but for Grown-Ups

    10/06/2015 7:48:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 6, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Some professors are more rooted in reality than others. Unfortunately, they tend to be retired. President Lincoln called on every mother to whisper words of liberty to every listening babe, William B. Allen, a professor emeritus at Michigan State University said in Indianapolis last weekend. We should do the same for grownups. Dr. Allen is the author of Reviving National Character in the Midst of Political Disorder. He was speaking at the regional meeting of the Philadelphia Society, a group of conservative intellectuals that was formed in the wake of the Goldwater defeat in 1964. Dr. Allen disputes the nation...
  • This New Lawsuit Against Obamacare Has Legs

    10/04/2015 11:00:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 17 replies
    DailySignal.com ^ | 9/25/2015 | Hans von Spakovsky
    For those who thought that thelawsuitschallenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) were at an end, think again. On September 9, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the federal district court for the District of Columbia refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the entire U.S. House of Representatives against the Obama administration over its funding of certain aspects of Obamacare. This is a historic lawsuit and a historicdecision. In the past, individual members of Congress have filed a number of (unsuccessful) lawsuits against sitting administrations. But this is one of the few occasions when such a suit has been...
  • Op-Ed: Five Supreme Court cases to watch that could make history

    10/04/2015 5:32:27 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 4, 2015
    Last year the Supreme Court decided several momentous cases involving some of America's most contentious topics, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare. The new term, which begins Monday, is also full of controversial cases that could help shape the emerging identity of the Roberts court and affect the direction of the country.
  • Supreme Court to hear Iranian bank appeal over $1.75B judgment in terror case

    10/04/2015 4:35:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court said Thursday it hear an appeal from Iran's central bank over a $1.75 billion judgment awarded to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon. The justices agreed to review a ruling from the federal appeals court in New York that said the judgment against Bank Markazi could be distributed to several hundred victims and families of those killed or injured in attacks sponsored by the government of Iran. The bank had argued that seizing the assets would conflict with treaty agreements between the United States and Iran. The money is...
  • Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is Wrong on Second Amendment

    10/02/2015 6:30:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 1, 2015 | Alana Goodman and Stephen Gutowski
    Hillary Clinton slammed the Supreme Court as wrong on the Second Amendment and called for reinstating the assault weapons ban during a small private fundraiser in New York last week, according to audio of her remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. While Clinton has previously supported an assault weapons ban, this is the first time since launching her campaign that she indicated that she would take on the Supreme Court over gun issues. Although Clinton did not identify which Supreme Court case she disagreed with, she appeared to be criticizing the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v....
  • Will the Supreme Court Decide That Democrats Have Too Much Power?

    10/01/2015 11:04:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 1, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    This term, the justices will hear at least three cases that could upend the partisan balance of power.Most appellate lawyers would advise against filing a Supreme Court brief beginning, QUESTION PRESENTED: Does a key constituency of the Democratic Party have too much power? That, however, is a key unstated question in at least three cases on the docket for the term that opens Monday. I doubt that, in 1787, anyone expected the Supreme Court to become central to the political process. Under the text, that was mostly left to the states, with a supervisory role for Congress. Nonetheless, 150 years...
  • Congress has Constitutional power over the Supreme Court's appellate jurisdiction

    09/28/2015 1:35:55 PM PDT · by Pfesser · 29 replies
    9/28/2015 | David Whitaker
    Article III Clause 2 of the Constitution states: In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make. Clearly, Congress has this power.So why haven't they used it? They have in years past.According, to heritage.org:The seminal decision on jurisdiction-stripping statutes under the Appellate Jurisdiction Clause came shortly after the Civil War. Ex parte McCardle (1869) involved a newspaper editor in military custody, who had appealed a lower federal court's denial of habeas corpus relief to the United States...
  • Inside the Religious Rights hive mind: Why Trump was booed & Carson cheered at Values Voter Summit

    09/28/2015 7:00:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | September 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Over the past several days, GOP hopefuls looked to curry favor with hardcore culture warriors. Here's what happened.Last week was one for the political books. The Pope brought his message about the need to help the poor and deal with climate change to America, apparently leading Catholic Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas to boycott his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. At the same time, the evangelical activist community held its annual Values Voter Summit featuring many of the GOP presidential candidates who once would have been excited to celebrate the popes visit but were instead...
  • Justice Alito Critiques Supreme Court Colleagues

    09/23/2015 6:06:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Legal Times ^ | September 21, 2015 | Tony Mauro
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said Saturday that the last term was a very bad term for textualism, referring mainly to the 6-3 ruling that rescued the Affordable Care Act from an interpretation that might have wrecked it. Last term was a term in which the court followed what Humpty Dumpty famously said: When I use a word ... it means just what I choose it to meanneither more nor less, Alito said in Dallas at a Federalist Society event, according to a write-up from law professor Josh Blackman. Alito was in the minority in the courts June...
  • Gallup: In wake of gay marriage, trust in the courts falls to all-time low

    09/22/2015 9:20:54 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 60 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/22/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    PRINCETON, New Jersey, September 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) The latest Gallup poll shows that Americans' trust in the judiciary has fallen to an all-time low. Trust in the judicial branch of government dropped eight points just in the last year, which saw major decisions including the constitutionalizing of homosexual "marriages." It is a "significant" loss of trust, according to Gallup, with only 53 percent of Americans responding that they have "a great deal" or even just "a fair amount" of trust in the third branch of government. Trust in the executive (45%) and legislative (32%) branches are also quite low,...
  • Federal court strikes down some D.C. gun laws as unconstitutional

    09/19/2015 12:19:43 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9/18/2015 | AP via FoxNews
    In a mixed decision, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional several strict gun registration laws in the nation's capital, but upheld other restrictions aimed at public safety. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that the city cannot ban gun owners from registering more than one pistol per month or require owners to re-register a gun every three years. The court also invalidated requirements that owners make a personal appearance to register a gun and pass a test about firearms laws.
  • Ted Cruz at Heritage Forum: Democratic Supreme Court justices rule like a radical leftist nutcase

    09/18/2015 5:32:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/18/2015 | By SHANE GOLDMACHER
    GREENVILLE, South Carolina Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who argued nine cases before the Supreme Court as solicitor general of Texas, declared on Friday almost every Democratic nominee to the high court has voted as a radical leftist nutcase. And he said that half of Republican-appointed justices are screaming trainwreck disasters, specifically naming Earl Warren, the former chief justice who authored the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that outlawed segregation. You know, Democrats are batting almost 1.000 when it comes to Supreme Court nominees, Cruz told the crowd at the Heritage Action presidential forum in South Carolina. Every...
  • Ask the Candidates What They Will Do About the Supreme Court

    09/16/2015 7:33:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/16/2015 | James W. Lucas
    With the Supreme Court’s imposition of gay marriage nationwide and county clerk Kim Davis’ defiance all recent news, it is likely that constitutional issues will come up at this Wednesday’s GOP presidential candidate’s debate. This will be an excellent opportunity to explore the candidate’s views on the role of the Supreme Court. However, it would be unfortunate if the questions focus on the particulars of Ms. Davis’ case, or even the Obergefell decision.  Those they can too easily slip by with bromides. What they will look for in Supreme Court nominees is another useless question. Since Richard Nixon, Republican presidents have been saying...
  • SCOTUS Justice Breyer likes to rely on the laws of other countries

    09/15/2015 3:11:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This isn’t too disturbing. Nope. Not at all. Everything is just fine here, folks.Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has a new book out in which he shares some of his many philosophical observations about law and the court. In it, as the latest issue of Time reveals, he concludes that there’s clearly nothing wrong with American courts – including SCOTUS – considering the laws and judicial rulings of other nations. Stop laughing and pointing. I’m serious. Should the Supreme Court care that other countries have abolished the death penalty?That looming question animates Justice Stephen Breyer’s “The Court and the...
  • Cobras in black robes

    09/15/2015 10:54:35 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/14/15 | Anthony Esolen
    As a man from the temperate north, I'm not well acquainted with the colorful array of deadly snakes that warmer and wetter regions swarm withal. I have never waded waist-deep in a bayou to “tickle” catfish, while trusting that the water moccasins are floating elsewhere. I have seen a coral snake only in pictures. But with those human snakes that lie outside of the herpetologist's purview, I have as much acquaintance as anyone, particularly as my work is in academe, where the nesting is very fine. To which of the snakes, then, shall I liken serpens sapiens, serpens academicus? When...
  • Justice Breyer Sees Value in a Global View of Law

    09/12/2015 8:15:34 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 09/12/2015 | ADAM LIPTAK
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Justice Stephen G. Breyers modest study in his home here is nothing like his grand chambers at the Supreme Court. Cluttered and lived in, it bears signs of a restless intellect and a doting grandfather. The bookshelves are stuffed with volumes of law and literature, and a large dollhouse sits on the floor.Justice Breyer, 77, often comes in last when people are asked to name members of his court, but he has had a remarkable year.In the Supreme Court term that ended in June, he surprised almost everyone by voting with the majority more often than any...
  • Supreme Court Illegally Strikes Down Marriage Laws in Four States

    09/12/2015 7:37:54 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 11 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 26, 2015 | Tim Brown
    Supreme Court Illegally Strikes Down Marriage Laws in Four States - Each Justice Approving Should Be Immediately Impeached On Friday, the Supreme Court illegally ruled to strike down four state marriage laws. The 5-4 ruling is said to make way for sodomy-based "marriage." The ruling illegally addressed Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee's lawful declaration that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Washington Times reports: The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges said the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between people of same-sex, and also recognize same-sex marriages from out of state. The 14th Amendment,...
  • Expect More Tyranny and Thus More Kim Davises

    09/10/2015 3:40:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 11, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Why do so many who castigate Kim Davis for flouting the law routinely cheer on President Obama for actions far more lawless and consequential? Why are those demonizing the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk so indifferent to the Supreme Court's rank abuse of power that created the atmosphere of conflict from which her actions arose? Who died and made the Supreme Court god? Well, the Supreme Court made itself god in 1803, with the case of Marbury v. Madison, in which it asserted its power of judicial review the right to declare acts of the legislative and executive branches unconstitutional....
  • The Troubling Record of the Judge Who Jailed Kim Davis

    09/10/2015 8:08:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 38 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9/10/2015 | DAVID LANE
    Kim Davis, pictured here with Mike Huckabee and Mat Staver, was freed on Tuesday. Kentucky's Rowan County Clerk Kim Davisa Democratwas ordered released from jail today by the federal judge who locked her up for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Judge David Bunninga Republicanordered her jailed last week, although no law was passed by Congress and signed by the President of the United States that would force her to issue marriage licenses to individuals and proponents of same-sex intercourse and marriage. Mrs. Davis has broken no law. Basic civics: the Supreme Court cannot make law, only the...
  • 'Common Misunderstanding of Constitution Has Led to Serious Erosion of Freedom [Video]

    09/09/2015 5:48:19 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept 8 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Princeton University professor Robert George contended in a new video published online Tuesday that a common misunderstanding has led to a serious erosion of freedom in America. George, a professor of jurisprudence, asked at the outset of the video: How does the Constitution of the United States seek to preserve liberty and prevent tyranny? The professor said that most of his students would likely answer that the founders passed the Bill of Rights, leaving the Supreme Court with the power to enforce those rights. George contended that answer was wrong, saying, That misunderstanding has led to a serious erosion of...
  • Law of the Land

    09/08/2015 3:30:20 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 14 replies
    Vanity | 9/8/2015 | pgyanke
    Dear Powers-that-Be, How can SCOTUS proclamations be the "law of the land" if they are not empowered to make law?! Exactly. That's not how it works. They can note a conflict in law. Then, it is up to the people's representatives to correct the law through the legislature. Remember that whole "of the people, by the people" bit? It used to mean something.
  • After Six Years, Sotomayor Says She Still Doesn't 'Belong' on the Supreme Court

    09/08/2015 1:06:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 114 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Even after six years, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor revealed she still doesn’t feel like she belongs on the nation’s most powerful bench. Sotomayor, the first Hispanic ever nominated to serve on SCOTUS, visited Notre Dame University last week for a conversation with NBC correspondent and Notre Dame graduate Anne Thompson. For two hours, in front of a student-packed concert hall, the justice reflected on her experience deliberating on some of the most momentous issues in the nation. Participating in one particular case, Citizens United v. FEC, was “incredibly gratifying,” she said. Yet, though she has made history and played...
  • Look For The Union Label

    09/08/2015 7:39:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As labor union leaders high five each other this weekend over their ancestors creation of the Labor Day holiday more than a century ago, we would do well to remember a bit of their history that neither they, nor their admirers in academe, may want you to know. Forty two years ago, the Supreme Court exempted unions from prosecution of acts of violence. That exemption stems from the Supreme Courts interpretation of the Anti-Racketeering Act of 1943, known as the Hobbs Act, Kevin Mooney wrote in a study published by the Capital Research Center two years ago. That law forbids...
  • Supreme Court case based in Md. could have wide impact

    09/07/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 6, 2015 | By John Fritze
    A little-noticed lawsuit brought by a Maryland man challenging the state's contorted congressional districts will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court where it has the potential to open a new line of constitutional attack for opponents of gerrymandering. Stephen M. Shapiro, a former federal worker from Bethesda, argues that the political map drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census violated the First Amendment rights of Republicans by placing them in districts in which they were in the minority, marginalizing them based solely on their political views. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether a lower...
  • Clerk Only One Obeying the Law

    09/07/2015 8:51:55 AM PDT · by dvan · 35 replies
    BARBWIRE.com ^ | Sept. 3, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    The distinctive mark of the American political experiment is that we are a nation of laws, not men. And what we mean by a law is something enacted by the elected representatives of the people or by the people themselves, whether at the state level or federal level. A corollary to the maxim that we are a nation of laws is that we are decidedly NOT a nation of rulings. A court ruling is not a law, it is a ruling. It may have the force of law due to the abject acquiescence of a meekly compliant people, but it...
  • How To Restrain The Supreme Court [Ted Cruz Is Right When He Says The SCOTUS Needs To Be Challenged]

    09/06/2015 5:30:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/05/2015 | David Patten
    Judging from the first presidential debate, and possibly stoked by this weeks Kim Davis controversy, the Supreme Court could turn out to be a wedge issue in the Republican primary race. A few candidates, such as former New York Gov. George Pataki and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, felt comfortable citing settled law as a way to dodge challenging social issues. Others, most notably former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who also expressed support for Davis, have staked out positions less deferential to the court. With only 33 percent of Republicans viewing the Supreme Court favorably, the advantage seems to lie...
  • Obergfell V. Hodges - NO JURISDICTION!!!

    09/05/2015 2:51:59 PM PDT · by djf · 76 replies
    Guess what, folks? The case of Obergfell V. Hodges that the Supreme Court ruled on? Here is an exact quote from the United States Constitution that talks about the judicial power: The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;to Controversies between two or more States; between a State and...