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  • [Supreme] Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law (Roberts v. Fourth Amendment 8-1)

    12/16/2014 7:46:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 12:12 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitutionís protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heienís car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk. A...
  • HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA decided by supreme Court.

    12/15/2014 10:08:20 AM PST · by zeugma · 44 replies
    U.S. Supreme Court ^ | 12/15/14 | Roberts, C. J
    HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA Syllabus HEIEN v. NORTH CAROLINA ( ) 367 N.¬†C. 163, 749 S. E. 2d 278, affirmed. Syllabus [HTML] [PDF] Opinion, Roberts [HTML] [PDF] Concurrence, Kagan [HTML] [PDF] Dissent, Sotomayor [HTML] [PDF] NOTE:‚ÄāWhere it is feasible, a syllabus (headnote) will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued.The syllabus constitutes no part of the opinion of the Court but has been prepared by the Reporter of Decisions for the convenience of the reader.See United States v. Detroit Timber & Lumber Co., 200 U.¬†S. 321. SUPREME COURT...
  • Supreme Court, Either Catholic or Jewish

    12/10/2014 8:58:57 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 18 replies
    factmonster and a vanity ^ | 12/10/2014 | freeAtlanta
    † Service Birth † † Name, state Assoc. Justice Chief Justice Yrs Place Date Died Religion Antonin Scalia, DC 1986Ė † ó N.J. 1936 ó Roman Catholic Anthony M. Kennedy, Calif. 1988Ė † ó Calif. 1936 ó Roman Catholic Clarence Thomas, DC 1991Ė † ó Ga. 1948 ó Roman Catholic Ruth Bader Ginsburg, DC 1993Ė † ó N.Y. 1933 ó Jewish Stephen G. Breyer, Mass. 1994Ė † ó Calif. 1938 ó Jewish John G. Roberts, DC † 2005Ė ó N.Y. 1955 ó Roman Catholic Samuel A. Alito, Jr., N.J. 2006Ė † ó N.J. 1950 ó Roman Catholic Sonia Sotomayor...
  • Rapping at the Supreme Court

    12/05/2014 7:14:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    When the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court recites lyrics from a rap song about violence and murder, you can bet he's not rehearsing for a shot on "Saturday Night Live." He's inquiring into the redeeming value of the crude and coarsened language of social media in the age of the digital. Chief Justice John Roberts quoted the lyrics of rapper Eminem's popular rap about a man who killed his ex-wife and described the murder to their young daughter, whose help he seeks in getting rid of mommy's body: "Da-Da, make a nice bed for mommy at the bottom...
  • Why the Supreme Court should be the biggest issue of the 2016 campaign

    11/29/2014 5:42:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/28/14 | Paul Waldman
    ...Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the hospital yesterday after having a heart stent implanted and expects to be back at work Monday. Despite various health issues over the years, Ginsburg insists that she is still of sound body at age 81 (her mind isnít in question) and has no plans to retire before the end of President Obamaís term to ensure a Democratic replacement. If she keeps to that pledge, and presuming there are no other retirements in the next two years, the makeup of the Supreme Court could be a bigger campaign issue in 2016 than ever before.
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes surgery to address artery blockage

    11/26/2014 5:30:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to hospital on Wednesday where she underwent heart surgery to address a blockage in her right coronary artery. ďThe coronary blockage was discovered after Justice Ginsburg experienced discomfort during routine exercise last night and was taken to the hospital,Ē read a statement on her condition. ďShe is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours.ĒNow, health scares like these are nothing to joke about, and all our readers surely wish ďThe Notorious R.B.G.Ē well. That having been said, it would be dishonest to not note the...
  • Stent Placed in Heart of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2014 7:49:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Pete Williams
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning after experiencing discomfort during exercise, the court said. Ginsburg, 81, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was resting comfortably and was expected to be discharged within 48 hours, the court said.
  • Supreme Court to Review EPA Rule on Power Plant Emissions

    11/25/2014 2:03:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTONóThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review the first-ever national environmental standards requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants, saying it would decide whether the government should have considered how much the rules would cost utilities. The courtís action extends a saga that dates back more than two decades. Congress first required the Environmental Protection Agency to issue regulations in 1990, but the agencyís efforts had been stalled for years because of several factors, including lengthy court battles. The EPA rules, adopted in 2012, require coal and oil-fired power plants to cut...
  • Oklahoma seeks faster health care appeal

    11/23/2014 7:25:45 PM PST · by House Atreides · 3 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | November 22, 2014 | Lyle Denniston
    The state of Oklahoma, arguing that the Supreme Court should consider the views of a state government when it rules on the legality of federal tax subsidies to be paid to insurance-buying consumers under the Affordable Care Act, has urged the Court to review that stateís case when it considers the already granted case of King v. Burwell.
  • Why the Supreme Court may invalidate Obama's amnesty

    11/20/2014 8:01:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Mickey Kaus makes an interesting argument that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, the Supreme Court may act on the lawsuit John Boehner is planning to file, and reverse President Obama‚Äôs planned executive action on amnesty: With Obama‚Äôs executive amnesty imminent, anonymous White House aides are¬†cockily dismissing John Boehner‚Äôs threatened lawsuit against it as a stunt.¬†Even among opponents of executive amnesty ‚ÄĒ and I‚Äôm with them ‚ÄĒ there‚Äôs a tendency to¬†pooh pooh the suit. It‚Äôs a loser, it will¬†take forever¬†to decide, it‚Äôs an attempt to ‚Äėredirect Republican rage‚Äô away from budgetary remedies like denying funding, etc. Not so fast. I‚Äôm...
  • The Supreme Court Wonít Be Getting Another Sotomayor Anytime Soon

    11/19/2014 7:59:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | 11/19/2014 | HARRY ENTEN
    Democrats lost the Senate, but so what? President Obama still has two more years and a veto. But there is at least one area where the GOPís new Senate majority makes a big difference: a Supreme Court nomination. While itís still unclear whether Obama will get to nominate another justice, the Republican gains in November make it unlikely a liberal nominee, such as Justice Thurgood Marshall, would be confirmed. And a nominee like the two Obama-appointed justices currently sitting on the court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would face a possible filibuster. Only a true middle-of-the-road nominee ó such as...
  • The Thing That Scares Me Most About the Supreme Court

    11/14/2014 5:45:28 AM PST · by Petrosius · 48 replies
    New Republic ^ | November 14, 2014 | Dahlia Lithick
    Under Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court has emerged as one of the most ideologically aggressive in decades, and its rightward trajectory is usually attributed to this simple fact: a majority of the justices are very conservative. Today’s Court contains, according to one study, four of the five most conservative justices to sit on the bench since FDR; Anthony Kennedy, the putative swing vote, is in the top ten.But having covered the Court for 15 years, I’ve come to believe that what we’re seeing goes beyond ideology. Because ideology alone would not propel the justices to effect such massive...
  • Who Are You Calling Stupid?

    11/13/2014 5:16:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    "Stupid is as stupid does" -- Forrest Gump Unless you regularly follow conservative media, you may not have heard what one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) thinks about you. Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, Gruber told an audience last year at the University of Pennsylvania the law passed because of the "stupidity of the American voter." In what can only be described as a smoking gun -- meaning there is no way to spin his remarks as "out of...
  • Will Supremes Uphold ObamaCare's "Typo" Fraud

    11/12/2014 1:53:11 PM PST · by RobaWho · 63 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    MIT Professor and chief ObamaCare architect, Jonathan Gruber, has been captured on video tape, twice, bragging that he purposely deceived ďstupid AmericansĒ, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and all Democrats, in order to enact Barack Obamaís ďlegacyĒ healthcare legislation. Professor Gruber has also been captured on tape, explaining how states that decide NOT to establish state-run healthcare exchanges would suffer financial harm by not being eligible to receive federal healthcare subsidies. This ďsmoking gunĒ, 2012 Gruber videotape is damning evidence that exposes the current administration/media lie that only a ďtypoĒ in the current ObamaCare law is preventing the federal government...
  • Why Obamacare risks falling into a Ďdeath spiralí

    11/11/2014 11:36:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Dana Milbank
    So it turns out there is an Obamacare death panel after all. It has nine members and it operates out of a marble building directly across the street from the Capitol. When the Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would take up another challenge to the Affordable Care Act in March, it delivered the threat of two mortal blows to the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. First, it raised the possibility that the justices, who narrowly spared the law in 2012, will in June come out with a new ruling that would dismantle the law on different grounds....
  • If Words Mean Anything, Obamacare Is In Real Trouble

    11/08/2014 9:58:45 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 21 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 11/8/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear a lawsuit challenging an arbitrary IRS decision to issue tax credits and penalties through federally created Obamacare exchanges. Two federal courts have already declared the regulation unconstitutional, but a third court ruled that the IRS has acted within its authority. It was this ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that prompted the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell to file an appeal with the high court. If the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in this case, it could well be the undoing of the reviled health care...
  • Barney, Frank: Admits Key Obamacare Clause Before Supreme Court Was 'Mistake'

    11/08/2014 7:54:37 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Barney Frank lived up to his last name, and might live to regret it in Dem circles. Appearing on this morning's Up with Steve Kornacki, Frank admitted that the key Obamacare clause that the Supreme Court just agreed to consider was a "mistake." The clause on its face limits Obamacare subsidies to people obtaining coverage through state exchanges. Only 14 states set up exchanges, yet the Obama admin has been granting subsidies to millions of people who got their policies through federal marketplace instead. If SCOTUS enforces the literal language of the law, it could well deal a death blow...
  • The Supreme Court will hear King. Thatís bad news for the ACA (aka Obamacare)

    11/07/2014 11:43:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Incidental Economist ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nicholas Bagley
    In a significant setback for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court just agreed to review King v. Burwell, the Fourth Circuitís decision upholding an IRS rule extending tax credits to federally established exchanges. The government had asked the Court to take a pass because thereís no split in the circuit courts over whether the IRS rule is valid. At least four justicesóit only takes four to grant certiorarióvoted to take the case anyhow. As I see it, whatís troubling here is not that the Court took King in the absence of a split. Its rules permit it to hear cases...
  • Obamacare Is Headed For Another Supreme Court Showdown, And It Puts The Law In 'Dangerous Territory'

    11/07/2014 10:59:44 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 105 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 7, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a move that will again thrust the law into a high-profile battle before the high court.The Supreme Court's move is somewhat surprising, considering there is still no split in the lower, circuit courts. But the high court agreed to†King v. Burwell, a case in which the Fourth Circuit court upheld an IRS rule that extends the distribution of health insurance subsidies to states served by the federal insurance marketplace.The challenge to the law is viewed as having the potential to cripple Obamacare in...
  • Justices to hear challenge to health law subsidies

    11/07/2014 10:12:28 AM PST · by BAW · 44 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 7, 2014 | MARK SHERMAN
    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. The justices said they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. A federal appeals court upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.
  • Gay marriage ban upheld in 4 states: U.S. Supreme Court cannot avoid this any longer

    11/07/2014 7:45:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/7/2014 | Rick Moran
    The US Court of Appeals in the sixth district† upheld gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, setting the stage for what could be a Supreme Court showdown that would make the practice legal in all 50 states. The 2-1 decision was the first legal setback for gay marriage advocates in federal court and creates a split among the nation's circuit courts. In these sorts of disagreements, the Supreme Cour uisually steps in with a definitive ruling. USA Today: More important, it gives Supreme Court justices an appellate ruling that runs counter to four others from the...
  • Republicans Just Took Over the SenateóHereís Why That Sucks (Read for the Schadenfreude!)

    11/04/2014 8:55:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 4, 2014 | George Zornick
    When Iowa and North Carolina were called almost simultaneously a little before 11:30 pm Tuesday night, the seemingly inevitable became official: Republicans will control the Senate and thus the entire legislative branch. On a variety of fronts, this new alignment is going to be hugely problematic for progressive governanceóperhaps for governance, period. These will be the major flash points. The last one is the most important, because itís how the GOP will force Obamaís most of the rest. 1. Staffing the Executive Branch For much of the Obama presidency, Republicans in the Senate stymied up literally hundreds of presidential appointments...
  • Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight (Nausea notice)

    10/30/2014 7:28:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 29, 2014 | David A. Graham
    Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting. In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?" Ted Olson had a similar question for the Supreme Court Wednesday, pondering why the justices had opted not to take a single case on same-sex marriage this term. "I agonize over the court not making a decision," said Olson, an...
  • Obama praises Supreme Court on gay marriage, has no plans to be a justice

    10/21/2014 9:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    The life of a Supreme Court justice would be ďa little bit too monasticĒ for President Obama, according to an interview he gave the New Yorker about his legal legacy. Obama also praised the Supreme Courtís recent decision not to review lower-court rulings that struck down state prohibitions on same-sex marriage, saying he believes that the Constitution provides gays the right to marry. And he said that 81-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ďgets to decide, not anybody else, when she chooses to goĒ into retirement. Obama made the remarks to the magazineís legal correspondent, Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin noted that the...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Obama Doesn't Want to Be Supreme Court Justice: 'Too Monastic For Me'

    10/20/2014 1:11:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/20/2014 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama does not want to be a Supreme Court justice. He calls it "too monastic" for his own personality. Besides, in an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama acknowledges that he needs to get out of the "bubble" after what will be eight years as president of the United States. ďI love the law, intellectually,Ē the president tell the New Yorker, which says he sounds "tempted" at the idea of being on the Court. ďI love nutting out these problems, wrestling with these arguments. I love teaching. I miss the classroom and engaging with students. But I think...
  • Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election

    10/18/2014 4:34:03 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/14 | ADAM LIPTAK
    The Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to use its strict voter identification law in the November election. The courtís order, issued just after 5 a.m., was unsigned and contained no reasoning.
  • US to recognize gay marriage in seven more states

    10/17/2014 2:35:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The US government announced Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages in seven additional states, after the Supreme Court declined to take up the debate. A total of 26 of the 50 US states, and the capital Washington, now legally recognize gay and lesbian marriages, giving them the same legal rights and federal benefits as married heterosexual couples. "We will not delay in fulfilling our responsibility to afford every eligible couple, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, the full rights and responsibilities to which they are entitled," US Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message. "With their long-awaited unions, we are...
  • Supreme Court Blocks Parts of Texas Abortion Law

    10/14/2014 7:59:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | October 14, 2014 | Staff
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state. In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an Oct. 2 ruling by a panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas could immediately apply a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades.
  • Black leaders slam Supreme Courtís 'cowardice' in marriage protection ruling

    10/13/2014 8:34:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/13/14 | Jim Kouri
    A number of black Christian pastors and church leaders slammed the United States Supreme Court justices for turning down a case that would once and for all settle the dispute and divisiveness created by the issue of same-sex marriage. The National Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian Leaders characterized the court's decision -- "not to hear the case" and send it back to the lower courts -- as cowardice on the part of the nine members of the nation's highest court. On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court simply stated that it would not review cases which overturned...
  • Maryland Seeks Power to Double Tax Income

    10/13/2014 2:24:17 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 27 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-13-14 | Ted Lafferty
    While it may seem unfair to pay income taxes twice, Maryland residents have been doing so for years. Thatís because unlike most other states, Marylandís tax code does not provide a full tax credit for taxes paid to other states. This means anyone in Maryland who earns money in another state will pay that stateís income taxes, only to have Maryland levee county-level income taxes, without credit or deduction, on the same income. The result is that Maryland residents are unfairly double-taxed on income they earn out-of-state. Fortunately, one couple in Maryland has had enough. The Wynnes, part owners of...
  • A Supreme Court, Not Supreme Wisdom

    10/12/2014 11:37:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/12/14 | Alan Caruba
    The Constitution remains supreme above the office of President and, in great measure, we can thank the work of Chief Justice John Marshall I am not a lawyer, but I have read the Constitution and I cannot find any indication that the Founding Fathers intended the guarantee of ďequal protection of the lawsĒ in the 14th Amendment to include same-sex marriage. The idea would have been regarded as an abomination to the men who created the Constitution. To many who regard the institution of marriage a sacred bond between a man and a woman, the decisions of lower courts that...
  • Supreme Court gives go-ahead to same-sex marriages in Idaho

    10/10/2014 3:12:09 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 109 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    <p>The Supreme Court on Friday night allowed same-sex marriages to begin in Idaho, ending a dramatic week in which the right of gay couples to marry expanded dramatically across the nation.</p> <p>In a one-sentence order, the justices denied a request from Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter (R) to delay the unions so the state could continue its appeals. The court gave no reason for the action nor were there recorded dissents.</p>
  • Gone Is the Girl Who Can't Say 'No'

    10/10/2014 7:07:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Gay blades, weary of the indulgent life of easy gratification, want the courts to guarantee their right to marry. Stuffy straights demand that politicians legislate their partner's sexual intentions. The times, they are indeed a-changin'. The Supreme Court delays making gay marriage legal in every state, and its passive-aggressive approach enables a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman in 30 states, and rising. Gays have succeeded in getting the state out of their bedrooms and into the maze of matrimony. Liaisons between men and women are more complicated. In California, which in the past...
  • Our Judicial Dictatorship

    10/10/2014 6:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Do the states have the right to outlaw same-sex marriage? Not long ago the question would have been seen as absurd. For every state regarded homosexual acts as crimes. Moreover, the laws prohibiting same-sex marriage had all been enacted democratically, by statewide referenda, like Proposition 8 in California, or by Congress or elected state legislatures. But today rogue judges and justices, appointed for life, answerable to no one, instruct a once-democratic republic on what laws we may and may not enact. Last week, the Supreme Court refused to stop federal judges from overturning laws banning same-sex marriage. We are now...
  • The Supreme Court's Nonruling on Gay Marriage

    10/09/2014 6:38:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Three points need to be made about Monday's decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry. Point 1: While the court's liberal wing probably wanted to accept cases banning same-sex marriage in five states that have been overturned by three different federal appeals courts in recent months, the conservative majority, along with swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, apparently wished to see states resolve the issue. Perhaps they sought to avoid another Roe vs. Wade in which a previous court overturned all state abortion...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

    10/08/2014 2:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says its doctrine on marriage will remain unchanged despite Mondayís U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, including Utah, and opened the door for legalization in six more. ďAs far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken,Ē the church said in a statement reacting to the Supreme Courtís decision. ďChurch leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.Ē In...
  • Ted Cruz to introduce constitutional amendment on gay marriage after Supreme Court ducks appeals

    10/07/2014 1:35:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    ¬ďPutting the paddles on the chest of a divisive issue with absolutely no hope of the outcome he promises is a hallmark of Ted Cruz,‚ÄĚ says GOP consultant Rick Wilson acidly, the memory of last year‚Äôs doomed ‚Äúdefund‚ÄĚ effort firmly in mind. Okay, but the fine print on what Cruz wants to do is interesting. Typically when social conservatives start talking up amendments aimed at gay marriage, they‚Äôre thinking of a substantive change ‚ÄĒ namely, a new law of the land that says marriage involves one man and one woman and no other combination. Once that‚Äôs in the Constitution,...
  • Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand-Tragic, Indefensible & Judicial Activism

    10/06/2014 3:23:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 100 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz Official Website ^ | October 6, 2014 | U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Courtís decision to reject requests from five States to review state laws that prohibit same-sex marriage. ďThe Supreme Courtís decision to let rulings by lower court judges stand that redefine marriage is both tragic and indefensible,Ē said Sen. Cruz. ďBy refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws...
  • High Court Refuses To Rule -- and Gives Tacit Victory -- on Same Sex Marriage

    10/06/2014 2:50:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | October 6, 2014 | Ashley Fantz and Bill Mears,
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for legal same-sex marriages in five more states. The court refused to hear cases from the states -- Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana -- seeking to keep their same-sex marriage bans in place. Couples in some of those states began applying for marriage licenses just hours after the Supreme Court's decision. CNN affiliate WVEC in Norfolk, Virginia, captured a same-sex couple who rushed to fill out their marriage license documents. Officials in Virginia began issuing same-sex marriage licenses at 1 p.m. Monday. Tony London and Tim Bostic, two plaintiffs in Norfolk,...
  • Gay Marriage Is Now Legal In Most Of The Country Because The Supreme Court Did Nothing

    10/06/2014 10:27:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    MTV News ^ | October 6, 2014 | Gil Kaufman
    Add 11 more states to the list where same-sex marriage is legal. Gay marriage supporters have had a lot to cheer over the past two years thanks to a series of landmark rulings that have paved the way for marriage equality in an ever-increasing number of states. But on Monday morning (October 6), it was something the Supreme court didnít do that will make same-sex marriage the law in the majority of the country. At the start of the new Supreme Court term, the justices announced that they had rejected appeals from five states that were seeking to prohibit same-sex...
  • High court denies gay marriage appeals [legal immediately in IN, OK, UT, VA and WI]

    10/06/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 211 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mark Sherman
    he Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Supreme Court clerk: Plum job for legal elite

    10/04/2014 10:47:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune / The Associated Press ^ | October 4, 2014 | Mark Sherman
    Joshua Matz didnít bother waiting to write about the Supreme Court until he went to work there. He teamed with a renowned Harvard law professor to finish a book about the court before he started his year as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy. Unlike Matz, Christopher Michel is not listed as an author of the book he worked on years before his clerkship with Chief Justice John Roberts. But former President George W. Bush offered warm praise for onetime presidential speechwriter Michel as his collaborator on his memoir, "Decision Points." Bush said in the bookís acknowledgements that Michelís...
  • Extreme Conservatives in Search of Purity

    10/04/2014 8:54:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Don't give America to the hard left liberal progressive commie bastard democrats because you can't find purity in the Republican Party A listener to my Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs program on KCAA AM1050, and regular reader of Political Pistachio, emails me often to challenge what he considers to be my oath to the Republican Party. I have no oath to the GOP. My oath is to God, and my political ideology is that of a Classical Centrist, which is someone that, without compromise, supports the original intent of the United States Constitution. I wish, I have told Nathan,...
  • Illegal border kids: Another issue just waiting for Republicans to use if they only had some courage

    10/03/2014 10:08:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/3/14 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Those who really want to win an election should make it a practice to listen to the demands of the people who will be voting. The opinions of voters regarding what to do about the tens of thousands of illegal alien children who have slithered into our country isnít hard to discern. Nevertheless, we have come to expect that our wishes will be pushed aside in deference to those of the Chamber of Commerce. We donít want illegal aliens to be allow to stay in our country. We donít want amnesty granted to these people. We want them kicked out....
  • SCOTUS blocks extended early voting options in Ohio

    09/30/2014 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    This will certainly go down as one of the last minute, whistle beating acts of the Supreme Court. Very nearly on the eve of the recently extended ‚Äď and highly contentious ‚Äď early voting period in Ohio, the Supreme Court has delivered a 5-4 decision overturning a lower court‚Äôs ruling and forcing the state to file a new petition if they want the case heard. SCOTUSblog has the details. With just sixteen hours before polling stations were to open in Ohio, the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon blocked voters from beginning tomorrow to cast their ballots in this year¬ís general...
  • Supreme Court Justice Eric Holder? (Last Thing This Country Needs)

    09/30/2014 5:13:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    After 5 1/2 bumpy years of controversial service, the besieged but bolstered attorney general, Eric Holder, resigned. But is this close friend and confidant of President Barack Obama's really stepping down for some benign reason at a critical time for our country, or is there a sinister and strategic plan behind it all? First, it's far more than a coincidence that the United States' chief lawyer is leaving office with more unanswered questions about crucial life-and-death national dilemmas than any previous attorney general. Though most have been accused of sitting on issues, none has been so assailed as Holder for...
  • Why This Conservative Lawyer Thinks He Can Still Cripple Obamacare

    09/26/2014 9:37:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    The top lawyer arguing a case to overturn Obamacare subsidies believes he can succeed at crippling the law even if it's upheld in every district and appellate court. A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit invalidated the federal exchange subsidies in June. The full court subsequently vacated the ruling and announced it'll re-hear the case, called Halbig v. Burwell. The conservative opponents have a tough battle because the en banc ruling will feature 8 Democratic-appointed judges ó four of whom were appointed by President Obama himself ó and 5 Republican-appointed judges. Michael Carvin, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, has appealed...
  • Rush Limbaugh: What if Holderís resigning because Obama wants him on the Supreme Court?

    09/25/2014 5:42:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 25, 2014 | Allahpundit
    See, this is how a master scares his audience. When an amateur like me tries to do it, it tends to devolve into lame ďRomney 2016? trolling. As if Romney isnít, relatively speaking, the most appealing RINO in the field. (Seriously, would you prefer Jeb Bush or Chris Christie?) That said, I am and will forever remain proud of how effective my many ďHuckabee 2016?Ē posts have been in getting readers to pee their pants. Rush may be a master but Iím at least semi-pro. After you perform your six years of government service, you then retire to the private...
  • ĎWe Only Whisper Ití: Justice Ginsburg sings another verse of ďKill the Poor.Ē

    09/25/2014 8:21:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/25/2014 | Kevin Williamson
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having decided for some inexplicable reason to do a long interview with a fashion magazine (maybe it is her celebrated collection of lace collars), reaffirmed the most important things we know about her: her partisanship, her elevation of politics over law, and her desire to see as many poor children killed as is feasibly possible. Speaking about such modest restrictions on abortion as have been enacted over the past several years, Justice Ginsburg lamented that ďthe impact of all these restrictions is on poor women.Ē Then she added: ďIt makes no sense as a national policy...