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  • The EPA’s “Power Plan” Is An Unlawful Power Grab

    09/23/2016 6:30:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/23/2016 | Marlo Lewis
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument next Tuesday, September 27 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan. The centerpiece of resident Obama’s climate policy agenda, the Plan establishes first-ever carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for “existing” (already built) coal and natural gas power plants. The Plan will increase consumer energy prices and impede job and GDP growth yet have no discernible effect on global temperatures or sea levels. However, that’s not why the Court should strike it down. The Court should overturn the Plan because it is an unlawful power grab. The Plan will...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Rejects Trump's Potential Supreme Court Nomination

    09/23/2016 11:27:00 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 72 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 09/23/2016 | Ritika Gupka
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee on Friday rejected Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination proposal, saying he already has the job he wants, Politico reported. "Sen. Lee already has the job he wants which is why he is campaigning to represent the great people of Utah again this year," Lee's spokesman Conn Carroll told Politico in a statement.
  • Trump names 10 more judges as possible Supreme Court picks — including Trump critic Mike Lee

    09/23/2016 10:06:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2016 | AllahPundit
    Coincidentally, many of them work in or have ties to important battleground states. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah Neil Gorsuch, a judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Margaret Ryan, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Edward Mansfield, a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court Keith Blackwell, a justice of the Georgia Supreme Court Charles Canady, a justice of the Florida Supreme Court Timothy Tymkovich, chief judge of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Amul Thapar, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Frederico Moreno, a judge...
  • 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...
  • WI: Madison Banning Guns on City Transit Heard at Supreme Court

    09/18/2016 6:58:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1999, Wisconsin passed a statue which prohibited political subdivisions of the state from regulating firearms.  The statute was expanded in 2011 with the passage of the shall issue permit law, and again in 2015 when knives were included as items protected by the law. The City of Madison political structure has been ideologically opposed to the right to keep and bear arms for decades.  It has paid out in lost lawsuits when it attempted to criminalize open carry by claiming that open carriers were "obstructing justice" and charging them with "disorderly conduct". After Wisconsin passed the shall issue...
  • Sotomayor calls job on high court blessing and curse

    09/08/2016 9:22:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2016 10:53 PM EDT | Todd Richmond
    Serving on the U.S. Supreme Court has been both a blessing and a curse and reaching decisions is harder than she ever expected, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday during a visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. […] “I never forget that in every case, someone wins, and there’s an opposite. Someone loses. And that burden feels very heavy to me,” Sotomayor said. “I have not anticipated how hard decision-making is on the court. Because of that big win and lose on the court and we are affecting lives across the country and sometimes across the world, I’m conscious that what...
  • Ginsburg: 'Cooler heads will prevail' on high court nominee

    09/07/2016 5:51:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016 7:11 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday that she thinks “cooler heads will prevail” in the Senate, where Republican leaders are refusing to consider President Barack Obama’s high court nominee. Ginsburg told a group of students at Georgetown University Law Center that lawmakers should appreciate that a president can appoint justices anytime during his term.“The president is elected for four years, not three years, so the power he has in year three continues into year four,” she said. “And maybe our members of the Senate will wake up and appreciate that that’s how it should be.” …
  • Conservatives still do not understand a Clinton Supreme Court

    08/31/2016 11:23:33 PM PDT · by Whiskeyjim · 45 replies
    Vanity
    The Right remains in haughty, indignant reactive mode to the 24 hour news cycle established by the left. They should be commanding the news cycle by examining what a Clinton Supreme Court will do. Because it is truly scary.
  • Responses come in to Illinois Supreme Court's decision to block voters' opinion on remapping

    08/27/2016 6:25:03 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Friday, August 26, 2016
    Responses come in to Supreme Court's decision to block voters' opinion on remapping SPRINGFIELD - Friday, Illinois lawmakers from all over the state expressed their dismay with the Illinois Supreme Court Democrat majority's decision to block voters from expressing their opinion on a proposed November referendum. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) released the following statement Friday: Illinois residents, as Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas writes, have had their voices ‘muzzled’ after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled yesterday that only politicians, and not the people, have the power to draw legislative district maps. We cannot disenfranchise the will of...
  • Ohio inmate who survived '09 execution appeals to high court

    08/23/2016 9:41:45 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 23, 2016 | Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned Ohio killer who survived a 2009 botched execution is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that a second attempt to put him to death would be unconstitutional. Lawyers for death row inmate Romell Broom argue that giving the state prisons agency a second chance would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy. A divided Ohio Supreme Court rejected Broom's arguments in March. Broom's attorneys appealed that ruling earlier this month to the U.S. Supreme Court and filed notice of that appeal on Monday with the state court. The state stopped Broom's execution...
  • What Justice Breyer Told Me –” I don’t think George Washington knew about the internet.”

    08/22/2016 11:35:33 AM PDT · by Bratch · 18 replies
    HughHewitt.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Hugh Hewitt
    Best-selling novelist and principled conservative activist of long-standing Brad Thor announced last week that he was abandoning his #NeverTrump position and would vote for Donald Trump in November. I was flattered to have my columns on the impact of the presidential election on the United States Supreme Court cited by Brad as the source of the arguments that changed his assessment of the election. “Stunned” more than “flattered,” perhaps, because most articles by law professors are read by no one other than other law professors, so we are not used to having our legal arguments considered by non-professors. The world...
  • Biff Spackle Explains #NeverTrump

    08/17/2016 3:31:35 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-17-2016 | MOTUS
    As you know, I wasn’t a Trumpster right from the start, butt I’ve long held that the #NeverTrump cabal is really the #HillaryByProxy krewe (as seen here, here, and here).Now, Biff Spackle, via DougRoss@Journal (who definitely was NOT a Trumpster at the beginning), has an 8-Panel illustration of precisely what the #NeverTrump cabal is determined to accomplish:See The Rest HereMaybe Mark Levin saw Biff’s toon too, as he seems to be inching his way in off the #NeverTrump ledge: “These are really good things he’s saying!”; Mark Levin Praises Trump’s ISIS speech:  (h/t: Larwyn’s Linx). I sure HOPE #NeverTrumpers are...
  • Listen as a room filled with Democrats cheers, laughs, and applauds at the death of Antonin Scalia

    08/10/2016 7:08:09 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/16 | Robert Laurie
    Sick To Democrats, nothing matters but agenda. Hypocrisy doesn’t matter, hubris doesn’t matter, decency doesn’t matter. All that matters is that they seize power and use it to ram their ideology down the throats of others. We see it time and again. Like an army of three-year-olds, they’re happy as long as they get their way. If a few people die along the way, and that happens to help their cause, well, that’s just hunky dory.
  • I see Second Amendment people

    08/10/2016 10:13:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Left doesn’t care about facts so the lie that Donald Trump urged “Second Amendment people” to whack Hillary Clinton is likely to stick around Republican nominee Donald Trump is taking quite a pounding for encouraging gun rights supporters to get politically active against Democrat Hillary Clinton. “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said at a Wilmington, N.C., rally Tuesday. “By the way, and if she gets to pick,” he said to boos, “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.” The anti-Hillary booing continued. “Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there...
  • It Is MOST Important To Nominate (and approve) Good Judges

    08/06/2016 11:03:31 AM PDT · by knarf · 8 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 6, 2016 | knarf
    Here is a pretty good treatise about Supreme Court Judges.Note the things to do BEFORE approving a judge. "The Court has elevated itself to a level that seems almost unreachable. It makes pronouncements and all of America bows down. But Paulson insists remedies exist, and he identifies six actions that can serve to check Supreme Court overreach. Full substantive ideological review at the appointment and confirmation stage of a judicial candidate’s judicial philosophy, including the posing of “litmus test” questions. Control over the Supreme Court’s appellate jurisdiction through aggressive use of the Exceptions Clause power (“jurisdiction stripping”). Manipulation of the...
  • Over 100 leading designers file amicus brief supporting Apple in Supreme Court case vs. Samsung

    08/05/2016 12:41:26 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | August 4, 2016 | By Neil Hughes
    dozens of the world's top design professionals — providing services to the likes of Coca-Cola, Google, Louis Vuitton, NASA, Porsche and Starbucks — filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday, pledging their support for Apple in its ongoing patent infringement lawsuit against rival Samsung. In all, more than 100 designers signed on to the 63-page filing, which begins by asserting to the court that visual design frequently becomes the product itself, in the minds of consumers. Noteworthy names on the list include Dieter Rams, Calvin Klein, and Norman Foster. As a chief example, the designers cited Coca-Cola,...
  • Breyer joins conservative justices in telling 17-year-old girl she’s a girl

    08/04/2016 8:55:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    No men's room for her. For now. How insane have we become when it’s major news that one - count him, one - liberal Supreme Court Justice is willing to kinda sorta almost acknowledge that a 17-year-old girl doesn’t stop being a girl just because she says she wants to? Pretty darn insane, and actually Steven Breyer didn’t even do that yesterday. He did join his conservative colleagues in a 5-3 ruling that declines to order the Gloucester County school board to let “Gavin” Grimm use the men’s room. But according to Reuters, Breyer “he did so as a courtesy...
  • A few words to National Review and the Weekly Standard (vanity)

    07/24/2016 6:51:49 AM PDT · by BobL · 12 replies
    (self) | 07/24/2016 | BobL (self)
    Yes, we will likely survive 8 years of President Obama, but the country does have a BREAKING POINT. And we are there. Losing one more election tips the Supreme Court into Democrat hands (along with what’s left on our side on the lower courts). At that point our side will simply have NO RECOURSE to stop Hillary. Congress has already been reduced to an ‘advisory’ role by Obama - he considers the laws passed by Congress to be suggestions, open to his interpretations, with his right to enforce, re-write, or ignore as he wishes. With the courts in their hands,...
  • I Am Altering the Deal

    07/14/2016 4:33:33 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-14-2016 | MOTUS
    Aren’t judges, especially Supreme Court Justices, supposed to be impartial? “(Trump) is a faker,” she told CNN in an interview from her chambers.“He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.” – NY Post "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further." – Darth Vader The Donald’s response: (trigger – literally – warning) “Her mind is shot.”Posted from: Michelle Obama’s...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg may leave US if Trump wins

    07/11/2016 9:35:42 AM PDT · by orchestra · 109 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/11/2016 | Chris Perez
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she doesn’t even “want to contemplate” a Donald Trump presidency, during a rare interview released Sunday — in which she also talked of heading “to New Zealand” if the billionaire wins. “I can’t imagine what this place would be . . . with Donald Trump as our president,” the 83-year-old jurist said in an interview in her chambers which was published by the New York Times.
  • AP interview: Ginsburg doesn't want to envision a Trump win

    07/08/2016 2:52:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    MSN ^ | July 8, 2016 | Mark Sherman, The Associated Press
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she doesn't want to think about the possibility of Donald Trump winning the White House, and she predicts the next president — "whoever she will be" — will have a few appointments to make to the Supreme Court. In an interview Thursday in her court office, the 83-year-old justice and leader of the court's liberal wing said she presumes Democrat Hillary Clinton will be the next president. Asked what if Republican Donald Trump won instead, she said, "I don't want to think about that possibility, but if it should be, then everything is up for...
  • The Clarence Thomas Story: An American Masterpiece

    07/07/2016 6:46:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Ken KluKowski.This week marks twenty-five years since President George H.W. Bush named Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, inaugurating a tenure marked by unwavering commitment to principled originalism. Justice Thomas’s life is an only-in-America success story. As movingly recounted in his autobiography, My Grandfather’s Son, Clarence Thomas was born into extremely modest circumstances, then raised by his maternal grandparents when his mother became unable to provide for him and his brother. This man of humble origins eventually made his way to Yale Law School, quickly rose through the ranks of public service...
  • Law News 25 Years Later, How Clarence Thomas Has Transformed the Supreme Court

    07/01/2016 3:49:33 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 11 replies
    http://dailysignal.com/ ^ | July 01, 2016 | Philip Wegmann
    When the Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in the fall of 1991, he was still new to the flowing black robes that cloak federal magistrates. A rookie justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Thomas had served as a judge only since March 1990. Still raw from a bruising, 107-day confirmation process that wrapped up at the end of October 1991, Thomas had only a few weeks to prepare to hear cases that November. “The easiest thing in the world under the circumstances would just be to go along to get along. He...
  • A Personal Matter... Concerning a Mother, her Child, and her Doctor

    06/29/2016 11:49:07 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 29, 2016 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When the modern abortion movement first began, a century ago, Planned Parenthood founder and hero Margaret Sanger was quite clear on her belief in the theory of eugenics. She wanted to reduce the numbers of undesirable people in America (you know, all those “other” races and ethnicities), and abortion was the easiest way that sprung to mind. But it didn’t catch on; it was too extreme. So, when a renewed effort for legalization of abortion really kicked into high gear in the 1960s, it was couched in a mantle of compassion instead. “Since people will get abortions anyway,” we were...
  • Quotas By Any Other Name

    06/29/2016 11:05:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Robert Knight
    Reverse discrimination is alive and well in the United States, judging by what transpired at the Supreme Court last Thursday and a bill that recently passed New York’s state assembly.In a 4 to 3 ruling, the court upheld the University of Texas’s affirmative action program to admit minorities over similarly or more qualified white applicants.Abigail Noel Fisher, who is white, had sued over her rejection in 2008.  Her case reached the Supreme Court in 2013, was remanded to the Fifth Circuit, and re-emerged this term.  Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy denied her claim that the university’s race-conscious policy violates...
  • A Disastrous Court Decision on Abortion

    06/29/2016 5:19:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Star Parker
    The Supreme Court's decision, striking down the Texas abortion law signed by Governor Rick Perry in 2013, is but the latest example of the lost, confused, sick nation we have become. In the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, "A country I do not recognize." The Court, in an opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer, found unconstitutional the two contested provisions of the Texas law -- that physicians performing an abortion have "admitting privileges" at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic and that facilities where abortions are performed must meet the standards of an "ambulatory surgical center."...
  • Justice Dept. reviewing Supreme Court immigration decision: Lynch

    06/28/2016 9:36:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:44pm EDT | Julia Edwards
    The Obama administration is looking into whether it can challenge the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Barack Obama’s plan to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday. “We will be reviewing the case and seeing what, if anything else, we need to do in court,” Lynch told Reuters in an interview. Lynch did not say what legal options the Obama administration may pursue following a split decision by the Supreme Court justices last week that left in place a block on the executive action by a lower court. She said any future...
  • 4-4 For the Constitution

    06/28/2016 6:59:38 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 13 replies
    Politichicks ^ | 6/28/2016 | Steven Maikoski
    After a 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision, our nation’s fundamental transformation ran into a roadblock. The Courts had stopped President Obama’s generous immigration policies, so we saw the President immediately call a press conference to renew his desires—while ignoring the real problems, which are both national and international. Our nation’s problem is that the president is not taking “care that the laws be faithfully executed,” which is his duty from Article II, Section 3 of our Constitution. If he had obeyed his constitutional duty and enforced immigration law like a president should, he would...
  • Sessions Warns Immigration Victory Temporary, Hillary Clinton’s Amnesty Agenda Even More ‘Radical’

    06/24/2016 5:02:21 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 24, 2016 | Caroline May
    Caroline May23 Jun 2016 The Senate’s most vocal opponent of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, cheered the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to continue blocking Obama’s executive amnesty programs from moving forward. “Today’s decision in United States v. Texas is not just a victory for Texas, Alabama, and a majority of the States in this great nation who challenged the lawless actions of the Obama Administration, but a victory for the American people and for the rule of law,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Thursday of the divided Court’s 4-4 decision. Though sated by the temporary victory, the Alabama lawmaker stressed...
  • Obama concedes court tie means game over on immigration plan

    06/23/2016 10:54:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 1:30 PM EDT | Josh Lederman and Kathleen Hennessey
    President Barack Obama sought to reassure millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally that he has no plans to deport them, while acknowledging that the Supreme Court’s deadlock Thursday marks the end of the road for his push to reform the U.S. immigration system. Though Obama predicted an immigration overhaul is inevitable, he conceded it won’t happen while he’s president due to opposition from the current Congress. Working to lay the groundwork for the next president to pick up the effort, he cast the election in November as a referendum on how the country would treat its immigrants. “We’re going...
  • Supreme Court Tie Deals Blow to Obama's Immigration Order

    06/23/2016 8:31:32 AM PDT · by askrenr · 31 replies
    The Texas Trubine ^ | June 23, 2016 | Julián Aguilar
    Dealing a major blow to President Obama’s controversial executive immigration order, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday it had failed to produce a majority opinion on the policy — meaning that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ November 2015 decision rejecting the policy stands. The program had been blocked in February 2015 by a Brownsville-based federal judge, Andrew Hanen, days before it was scheduled to begin. In a one-sentence opinion, the Supreme Court declared, "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court." The ruling was immediately hailed by conservatives across the country.
  • The Supreme Court Just Created a Full-Blown Police State

    06/22/2016 11:37:57 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 78 replies
    armstrongeconomics.com ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | Martin Armstrong
    The Supreme Court ruling in Utah v Strieff awarded the police total freedom to stop any citizen, at any time, to do whatever they desire. The Supreme Court determined that the “poisonous fruit” of a police officer’s stop of a citizen can be used against them at trial. This has wiped out, in reality, any constitutional protection you thought you had. This is a sad day for the United States, for the Supreme Court has officially created a full-blown police state and clearly has no intention of honoring why this nation began the entire American Revolution — to prevent illegal...
  • Supreme Court ruling makes life harder for patent trolls, easier for Apple

    06/21/2016 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 21, 2016 | By Ben lovejoy
    The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat new patent trolls were legal. The law had been challenged by a company attempting to patent something which had long been done by other companies. The case before the Supreme Court focused on a patent held by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC that claims an invention for alerting drivers when they are speeding. GPS technology company Garmin brought a challenge at the Patent Office, which invalidated the Cuozzo patent after concluding its claims weren’t innovative when viewed against other prior technologies. The ruling will be of particular benefit to...
  • Supreme Court turns away challenge to Connecticut ban on many semiautomatic weapons

    06/21/2016 5:35:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 20, 2016 | Adam Liptak
    The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a Connecticut law banning many semiautomatic rifles. The law, enacted in 2013 following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., made it a crime to sell or possess the firearms, which critics call assault weapons. The decision not to hear the case, not long after the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., does not set a Supreme Court precedent. But it is part of a trend in which the justices have given at least tacit approval to broad gun-control laws in states and localities...
  • Wife of Clarence Thomas: Retirement Rumors Aren't True

    06/20/2016 2:05:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Guy Benson
    This item in the Washington Examiner touched off a brief spate of panic among right-leaning Court watchers late yesterday, as conservatives contemplated the potential ramifications of another SCOTUS vacancy arising upon the departure of a reliably conservative justice. Antonin Scalia's death earlier this year was a serious blow that underscored the stakes of the fall election. Could it possibly be true that Clarence Thomas is also eying the exits -- even with the Democrats favored to retain the White House at this point in the race? Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according...
  • Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case

    06/20/2016 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2016
    Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case he Supreme Court ruled Monday that evidence of a crime may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it. The justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the drug-related convictions of a Utah man. The ruling comes in a case in which a police detective illegally stopped defendant Joseph Edward Strieff on the streets of South Salt Lake City, Utah. A name check revealed an outstanding warrant for Strieff. Strieff was placed under arrest and searched. He was carrying methamphetamine. Justice Clarence Thomas said for...
  • High court nixes European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    06/20/2016 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 10:51 AM EDT | Sam Hananel
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the European Union can’t pursue a lawsuit accusing tobacco giant R.J Reynolds of taking part in a global money-laundering scheme that sponsored cigarette-smuggling in Europe. In a 4-3 ruling, the justices said the EU has no right to sue in U.S. courts because federal racketeering laws don’t allow recovery for injuries occurring outside the United States. The EU and 26 of its member states allege RJR coordinated the scheme with the help of Colombian and Russian criminal groups and laundered money through New York-based financial institutions. The EU claims the company’s actions hurt the...
  • End of conservative Supreme Court: Clarence Thomas may be next to leave

    06/19/2016 12:51:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 19, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Justice Clarence Thomas, a reliable conservative vote on the Supreme Court, is mulling retirement after the presidential election, according to court watchers. Thomas, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and approved by the Senate after a bitter confirmation, has been considering retirement for a while and never planned to stay until he died, they said. He likes to spend summers in his RV with his wife. His retirement would have a substantial impact on control of the court. The next president is expected to immediately replace the seat opened by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, providing a...
  • Bestiality decision the fault of Parliament, not judges

    06/12/2016 8:08:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/12/16 | Arthur Weinrebe
    If the government could get unanimous consent like they do when they pass pay increases for MPs, the law could be changed in 15 minutes. On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a ruling that held any sexual activity between a person and an animal that does not involve penetration does not fall under the definition of bestiality and is therefore not a crime. There was a lot of criticism of the decision, mainly by those on the right who decried the decision of “liberal judges” who were taking on the role of legislators in further weakening the...
  • McConnell Vows: 'Obama Will Not Get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th Hour'

    06/10/2016 12:39:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 10, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed again Friday that the Senate will not confirm President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, this year. “Let me say this once more, and let me say it clearly: Barack Obama will not get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th hour of his presidency on the way out the door,” McConnell said to loud applause at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. …
  • Top Gun Lobbyist: If GOP Loses SCOTUS, We Might ‘Have To Resort To Bullet Box’

    06/01/2016 11:02:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | June 1, 2016 | Katherine Krueger
    The former head of an influential pro-gun lobbying group said over the weekend that losing the White House could mean pro-gun activists “have to resort to the bullet box” to protect the Second Amendment. In a conversation on his “Gun Owners News Hour,” Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, interviewed Robert Knight, a fellow at the conservative American Civil Rights Union, who said a Democrat taking the White House and replacing the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would pose “great peril” to gun rights. “At that point, we would have to come to an understanding,...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts: 'I Try to Achieve as Much Consensus as I Can'

    05/29/2016 11:22:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | May 28, 2016 | 4:30 PM EDT | John Raby
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that building a consensus among the justices is important, although he admits he can’t do it on his own. Roberts’ comments at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia come as the justices have struggled to reach decisions in several cases this term with the court split evenly between conservative and liberal members. The court has had eight members since the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia. “I try to achieve as much consensus as I can,” Roberts said. “We kind of have to have a commitment as a group. I think...
  • Ginsburg: Having only 8 justices hamstrings Supreme Court

    05/26/2016 5:53:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 6:06 PM EDT | Michael Vertanen
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that having only eight high court justices isn’t good, resulting in some 4-4 splits this year that denied litigants an opinion. That that means no precedents are set and essentially a Supreme Court review has been denied, Ginsburg told a gathering of court officials in upstate New York. […] “Eight is not a good number,” she said. “Next year I anticipate reporting on the decisions of a full bench.” …
  • 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:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Willett David Stras is an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Stras Allison Eid is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_H._Eid Joan Larsen is a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Larsen Steven Colloton is a federal judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Colloton Raymond Gruender is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Gruender Thomas Hardiman is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hardiman 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.
  • Supreme Court avoids major ruling in birth control dispute

    05/16/2016 11:20:52 AM PDT · by Dacula · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 5/16/16 | AP
    The Supreme Court failed to resolve a knotty dispute between faith-based groups and the Obama administration over birth control on Monday, the latest indication of the shorthanded court’s struggle to find a majority for important cases taken up before Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
  • Supreme Court sends ObamaCare contraception mandate case back to lower courts

    05/16/2016 9:53:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/16/17 | ap/fox
    The Supreme Court punted Monday on a challenge by religious-affiliated employers to ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, sending the election-year dispute back to the lower courts. ADVERTISEMENT The justices had been considering whether religious-affiliated institutions like the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity of nuns, can be exempt from having to pay for -- or indirectly allow -- birth control and other reproductive coverage in their health plans. But the court did not rule on the merits. Instead, the justices sent the cases back to the appeals courts to make new decisions based on recent statements. “The Court expresses no...
  • Congress controls the Appellate Jurisdiction of Supreme Court

    05/15/2016 11:51:45 AM PDT · by Pfesser · 7 replies
    05/15/2016 | David Whitaker
    The Constitution already gives Congress power over the Supreme Court's Appellate power in Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution. " 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." The Heritage organization explained this. "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...
  • Cruz: No interest in Supreme Court position

    05/13/2016 1:15:38 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 94 replies
    politico.com ^ | 05/13/16 11:33 AM EDT | NICK GASS
    Ted Cruz on Friday said he has no interest in becoming a Supreme Court justice, present or future. “I’ll tell you that that is not a desire of my heart," the Texas senator said in an interview on WBAP 820 AM. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/ted-cruz-no-supreme-court-223162#ixzz48ZLP5Su1 Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook