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  • THE BRAINS BEHIND BLACKMUN

    02/22/2014 8:21:36 PM PST · by guitarist · 9 replies
    Legal Affairs ^ | may/june 2005 | David J. Garrow
    THE BRAINS BEHIND BLACKMUN Harry Blackmun's papers reveal that, more than any justice in memory, he gave his law clerks control over his thinking and writing when he was on the Supreme Court. By David J. Garrow I HARRY A. BLACKMUN SERVED ON THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT for almost a quarter of a century, beginning in 1970 after his selection by President Richard Nixon and ending in 1994 with his retirement at age 85. When Blackmun's papers were opened to public inspection in March 2004, five years after his death, laudatory news stories highlighted his evolution toward a more...
  • Personhood Movement explodes in 32 states!

    11/01/2009 5:00:57 PM PST · by Lesforlife · 4 replies · 471+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 31, 2009 | Chelsea Shilling
    Posted: October 31, 2009 By Chelsea Schilling © 2009 WorldNetDaily A pro-life movement seeking to guarantee basic human rights to unborn babies is exploding in 32 states – and leaders say it could be just the key to nullifying abortion provisions in President Obama's health-care "reform." While abortion was not specifically mentioned in earlier bills under consideration, H.R.3962, unveiled by Nancy Pelosi this week, does in fact state abortion is to be covered. Concerns are mounting that whatever the final form of the legislation, the procedure will become more accessible, requiring health insurance companies to fund abortions. Gualberto Garcia Jones...
  • Unborn to be defined as 'persons'? Colorado proposal would use loophole Blackmun created in 'Roe'

    11/14/2007 12:25:41 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 29 replies · 809+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 14, 2007
    Pro-life activists in Colorado have cleared a major hurdle in preparing an initiative for the 2008 election that would grant personhood to the unborn and create a possible confrontation to the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling that created abortion rights. The state Supreme Court has granted permission for supporters of Colorado for Equal Rights to move forward with collecting the estimated 76,000 signatures needed to put the issue on the state election ballot. It would grant personhood to the unborn from the moment of fertilization, meaning state and local laws protecting any individual life would be applied to the unborn....
  • On this day - March 4, 1999, 'Judicial giant' Blackmun dead at 90 (megabarf)

    03/04/2006 3:37:20 PM PST · by Tarkin · 13 replies · 591+ views
    CNN ^ | March 4, 1999 | CNN
    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, author of the controversial Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973, died Thursday at a Virginia hospital (...) President Clinton said Thursday he "saw up close Harry Blackmun's intense passion -- his passion for the welfare of the American people, for defending our liberties and our institutions, for moving us forward together." "In 24 years on the Supreme Court he served with compassion, distinction, and honor," Clinton said. "Every decision and every dissent was firmly grounded in the Constitution he revered and his uncanny feel for the human element that lies...
  • Jane ROE, et al., Appellants,

    01/23/2006 8:11:11 PM PST · by Sweetjustusnow · 4 replies · 218+ views
    Document ^ | Jan. 22, 1973 | 410 U.S. 113, 93 S.Ct. 705
    Action was brought for a declaratory and injunctive relief respecting Texas criminal abortion laws which were claimed to be unconstitutional. A three-judge United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 314 F.Supp. 1217, entered judgment declaring laws unconstitutional and an appeal was taken. The Supreme Court, Mr. Justice Blackmun, held that the Texas criminal abortion statutes prohibiting abortions at any stage of pregnancy except to save the life of the mother are unconstitutional;
  • DEADLY INCOMPETENCE

    11/24/2005 9:32:59 AM PST · by rhema · 6 replies · 899+ views
    National Right to Life ^ | November 2005 | Wanda Franz
    [Blackmun] believed that doctors needed to have leeway to do medically necessary abortions. … [H]e described Georgia's law [later declared unconstitutional in his own Doe v. Bolton opinion!] as "a fine statute [that] strikes a balance that is fair." Yet, a year later, Blackmun wrote an opinion for the court that struck down all of the nation's abortion laws. Equally important, his opinion made virtually all abortions legal as a matter of a constitutional right…. Last year, on the fifth anniversary of Blackmun's death, the Library of Congress opened his papers to the public. His thick files on the abortion...
  • WSJ: No More Souters -- The legacy of previous GOP Supreme Court picks.

    07/19/2005 5:47:24 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 843+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | July 19, 2005 | Editorial
    As President Bush contemplates his Supreme Court nominee, one fact to keep in mind is that seven of the nine current Justices were appointed by Republican Presidents. If you want to understand why many of Mr. Bush's supporters are worried that he might nominate Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, this is the reason. The objection isn't personal, and it isn't even about what Mr. Gonzales thinks; the concern is that virtually no oneknows what he thinks. Mr. Gonzales's brief tenure on the Texas Supreme Court and his behind-closed-doors advice as chief White House counsel shed little light on what his judicial...
  • [FLASHBACK] Ramsey Clark backs the President's Supreme Court nominee

    07/05/2005 7:09:56 PM PDT · by nwrep · 25 replies · 1,165+ views
    The New York Times Archives | May 2, 1970
    Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general has given a limited endorsement of Judge Harry A. Blackmun, President Nixon's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. "I've seen nothing to this point to indicate that he is not qualified," Mr. Clark said last night in a statement.
  • Their Will Be Done

    07/05/2005 4:58:48 AM PDT · by docbnj · 11 replies · 934+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 Jul 2005 | Robert Bork
    Contrast Tocqueville with Justices Harry Blackmun and Anthony Kennedy. Blackmun wanted to create a constitutional right to homosexual sodomy because of the asserted "'moral fact' that a person belongs to himself and not others nor to society as a whole." Justice Kennedy, writing for six justices, did invent that right, declaring that "At the heart of [constitutional] liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life." Neither of these vaporings has the remotest basis in the actual Constitution and neither has any definable meaning other than...
  • After the McCain Mutiny

    06/01/2005 6:11:24 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 11 replies · 873+ views
    WND.com ^ | 06-01-05 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    After the McCain mutiny -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: June 1, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Creators Syndicate Inc. It is being called "the McCain Mutiny." On May 23, Senate Republicans were poised to disarm Harry Reid and Co. of the weapons they have used to kill the Bush judges. Every hostage still held by the Democratic minority was about to be freed. And the Senate was about to dynamite the last obstacle to President Bush's honoring of his pledge to end judicial activism. The road was about to be opened for two, three or perhaps four Supreme Court justices, who would...
  • The Brains Behind Blackmun

    05/20/2005 8:29:31 PM PDT · by WL-law · 28 replies · 633+ views
    Legal Affairs Magazine ^ | May/June 2005 | By David J. Garrow
    Harry Blackmun's papers reveal that, more than any justice in memory, he gave his law clerks control over his thinking and writing when he was on the Supreme Court. I HARRY A. BLACKMUN SERVED ON THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT for almost a quarter of a century, beginning in 1970 after his selection by President Richard Nixon and ending in 1994 with his retirement at age 85. When Blackmun's papers were opened to public inspection in March 2004, five years after his death, laudatory news stories highlighted his evolution toward a more compassionate jurisprudence. Those accounts contrasted sharply with coverage...
  • Blackmun Clerks Had Too Much Power, Says Historian

    04/19/2005 8:56:51 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 9 replies · 682+ views
    The Legal Times-Law.com ^ | 4-18-05 | Tony Mauro
    The late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun ceded so much of his authority to his law clerks during his 24-year tenure that it amounts to "a scandalous abdication of judicial responsibility," Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Garrow asserts in a magazine article out today. “Will we find someday that Justice Scalia's file on Bush v. Gore reflects the same partisanship among the clerks that we see in Blackmun's files in Planned Parenthood v. Casey?" Garrow asked. "I hope we don't." It was in the (Casey v Planned Parenthood) file that some of the most stinging remarks are made by Blackmun's clerks....
  • Spinning From The Grave (Harry Blackmun's papers)

    12/31/2004 3:43:36 PM PST · by Ed Current · 37 replies · 1,337+ views
    Citizen magazine ^ | August 2004 | Charles A. Donovan
    The late Harry Blackmun's papers show how he's still shaping the Supreme Court today on issues like abortion. But the cases he thought he'd closed aren't closed after all. When the Library of Congress opened the late Justice Harry Blackmun's massive collection of papers for public inspection on March 4, two journalists already had been looking through the 1,600 cardboard boxes of documents for two months. Both are ardent fans of Blackmun and his most famous ruling—Roe v. Wade—and had been granted exclusive access at the Blackmun family's request. The reporters—The New York Times' Linda Greenhouse and National Public Radio's...
  • Weaving the Tangled Web

    10/29/2004 11:06:08 AM PDT · by animoveritas · 18 replies · 517+ views
    New Oxford Review ^ | Jan 01 | Joseph Collison
    One October morning in Las Vegas, a teenage girl, five months pregnant, checked into Humana Sunrise Hospital to under-go a prostaglandin abortion. Prostaglandin abortion is a simple — but dangerous — procedure in which the pregnant mother is given a pill which causes her to go into labor and expel her baby. On this morning the girl's labor was slow to commence and the abortionist ordered that she be given a second pill. Editor Sherman R. Fredrick of the Las Vegas Review Journal described what happened next: "Later nurses heard a shriek, entered the room and found the girl screaming....
  • STANEK: Unborn Victims Act helps aborted victims

    04/01/2004 4:53:23 PM PST · by unspun · 15 replies · 228+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | 4/1/2004 | Jill Stanek
    Photo of Tracy Marciniak of Wisconsin holding her dead son, Zachariah, at his funeral. Zachariah was killed by his father when he punched Tracy in the stomach during her ninth month of pregnancy. He was convicted for injuring Tracy but not for killing Zachariah.(Photo courtesy of National Right to Life) OPINION -- In a statement released after last week’s passage of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act by the U.S. Senate, National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy warned, "Giving a fetus at any stage of development [emphasis hers] the same legal rights as the pregnant woman will undermine...
  • Deplorable Supreme Court "Moderates"

    03/23/2004 12:57:27 PM PST · by TradicalRC · 3 replies · 141+ views
    Hard Right ^ | March 6, 2004 | Thomas Fleming
    CURRENT ISSUE | SUBSCRIBE | CHRONICLES EXTRA | AUDIO | EVENTSMarch 6, 2004 DEPLORABLE SUPREME COURT "MODERATES" March 4 should be a memorable date for Americans, but it is not—and with good reason. It was on March 4, 1789, that, by congressional enactment, the first government of the United States took office under the Constitution. Two hundred and fifteen years later to the day, American legal correspondents began commenting on the revelations of Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun whose private notes and tape-recorded memoirs were for the first time made available to the public. From the passages that have...
  • Blackmun's legacy: personal papers illustrate personal devotion to Roe

    03/13/2004 12:03:22 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 18 replies · 265+ views
    WORLD ^ | 3/20/04 | Lynn Vincent
    The late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun is most closely identified with the sweeping abortion decision Roe vs. Wade. Five years after his death, release of his personal papers illustrates his personal devotion to Roe—and the political nature of today's judiciary. He was famously modest, favored cozy cardigans, took noon strolls around the building at One First Street, and drove an old Volkswagen bug to his office in Washington. As the author of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, Harry A. Blackmun was also one of the most controversial Supreme Court justices in history. On March 4,...
  • A BLACKMUN ON THE COURT'S RECORD

    03/10/2004 5:55:12 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Is this statement in the part of the case that can be referred to by defense lawyers to assist their clients? "Upholding abortion in the Casey decision, Anthony Kennedy permitted himself one of the most ludicrous lines in Supreme Court history. 'At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life,' he wrote." If I read this correctly a defendant could use this as a defense for anything just by redefining existence and meaning so that what they did was not a crime....
  • Justice Death (Harry Blackmun is lionized -- all because he made it easier to kill)

    03/09/2004 12:45:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 201+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 3/9/2004 | George Neumayr
    Upholding abortion in the Casey decision, Anthony Kennedy permitted himself one of the most ludicrous lines in Supreme Court history. "At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life," he wrote. Harry Blackmun's just released papers explain Kennedy's babblings: he was an eager-to-please pupil of Blackmun's. "Dear Harry," Kennedy wrote to him. "I need to see you as soon as you have a few free moments. I want to tell you about some developments in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and at least...
  • Justice Blackmun's Documents Show Roe v. Wade Almost Fell in 1992

    03/08/2004 6:31:02 PM PST · by cpforlife.org · 22 replies · 381+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | 3-4-04 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The papers of former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, author of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, have been opened to the public. The New York Times, which was given first access to the materials, reports that the Roe decision almost fell until Justice Kennedy changed his mind and approached Blackmun with the idea to uphold parts of a pro-life law while keeping Roe's framework intact. According to the Times, Blackmun feared the Roe decision would fall when the Court prepared to heard the case of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, which saw the...
  • Unearthing Democratic Root to Halliburton Flap

    03/05/2004 3:38:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 133+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2004 | Al Kamen
    Truly there is nothing new under the sun. In recent months Democrats have been bleating about fat Iraq construction contracts going to Halliburton, about Halliburton's ties to the administration because Vice President Cheney happened to run the company just before taking his current job and a shocking GOP tendency to help contributors. These are all coincidences, but some critics have even called for an independent investigation into Houston-based Halliburton. It should be clear that these odd coincidences are not something invented by Republicans. They are a venerable tradition. During the Vietnam War, for example, members of Congress were ripping into...
  • New Evidence Suggests Blackmun Should Have Recused Himself from Roe v Wade

    03/04/2004 9:51:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 380+ views
    LifeSite.net ^ | Thursday March 4, 2004
    Daughter's teen pregnancy and failed shotgun marriage played a part in rulingWASHINGTON, March 4, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The late Harry Blackmun was the Supreme Court Justice who supported and authored the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which sanctioned the legalization of murder by striking down the US abortion law. In an interview Sunday, Blackmun's daughter Sally Blackmun, the executor of his private papers, revealed the background behind his ruling. The interview is a result of her decision to release his private documents for public purview this week. According to his daughter, Justice Blackmun's choice to strike down the abortion law...
  • Blackmun papers reveal doubts on abortion ruling

    03/04/2004 10:09:12 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 129+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/05/04 | AP
    <p>The Supreme Court was ready in 1992 to effectively overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy got cold feet, and the vote went the other way.</p> <p>Internal notes in the papers of late Justice Harry A. Blackmun provide a glimpse of the secretive dealings that led to the court's ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that year. Justice Blackmun's extensive records from 24 years on the court were made public yesterday, the fifth anniversary of his death.</p>
  • Papers: Roe V. Wade Was Almost Overturned

    03/04/2004 9:06:57 AM PST · by Teacher317 · 38 replies · 205+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 03-04-04 | By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - As lawyers and court watchers have long suspected, the Supreme Court was ready to effectively overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade (news - web sites) ruling legalizing abortion in 1992, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy got cold feet, and the vote went the other way. Internal notes in the papers of late Justice Harry A. Blackmun provide a glimpse of the secretive dealings that led to the court's ruling in Planned Parenthood (news - web sites) v. Casey that year. Blackmun's extensive records from 24 years on the court were opened Thursday, the fifth anniversary of his death....
  • Files of Roe V. Wade Author to Be Unsealed (USSC Justice Blackmun revealed)

    03/03/2004 4:58:10 AM PST · by Liz · 7 replies · 310+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS | 3/3/04 | GINA HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The public gets a behind-the-scenes view into the private Supreme Court this week with release of the personal files of the late Harry A. Blackmun, the justice who authored the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Blackmun's paper legacy, filling more than 1,500 boxes, will be unsealed Thursday on the fifth anniversary of his death. It's been more than a decade since intimate details of the court's inner workings were revealed in Justice Thurgood Marshall's papers, which elicited bitter criticism within the court because the papers include secret memos and unpublished draft opinions in controversial cases. Most current...
  • Private Files of Roe V. Wade Author Being Released (Kennedy switch prevented overruling in 1992)

    03/03/2004 10:32:01 PM PST · by TheConservator · 24 replies · 228+ views
    AP ^ | 3/3/2004 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - As lawyers and court watchers have long suspected, the Supreme Court was ready to effectively overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in 1992, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy got cold feet, and the vote went the other way. Internal notes in the papers of late Justice Harry A. Blackmun reveal the secretive dealings that led to the court's ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that year. Blackmun's extensive records from 24 years on the court would be open to the public March 4. Details of the archives were first released by NPR's Nina Totenberg,...
  • Joseph Sobran Dubs O'Connor, Kennedy and Souter "The Three (Republican) Stooges"

    07/17/2003 1:47:15 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Joseph Sobran syndicated column ^ | 07/03/03 | Sobran, Joseph
    The Three Stooges July 3, 2003 For the last week we have been reminded by various pundits that the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are “unpredictable,” often surprising the presidents who appointed them. It would be more accurate to put it more narrowly: justices appointed by Republican presidents often issue the most liberal rulings. Think of Earl Warren and William Brennan (Eisenhower picks); Harry Blackmun (Nixon); John Paul Stevens (Ford); Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy (Reagan); and David Souter (the first Bush). Felix Frankfurter, chosen by Franklin Roosevelt, was the last justice named by a Democrat who turned...
  • A Supreme Court Black Mark- Special Roe vs. Wade Memorial Post

    01/22/2003 4:25:39 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 17 replies · 610+ views
    The Opinion ^ | 23 March 99 | Christopher Clukey
    You almost have to feel sorry for Harry Blackmun. He is in the unenviable position of forever being judged in light of his single worst act. In 1973, Blackmun wrote the majority opinion for Roe vs. Wade -- the case in which the Supreme Court legalized abortion. In recent years, Blackmun had specifically stated that the Roe decision was made on purely constitutional grounds, without the influence of any particular moral or political agenda. However, when one looks at the poor reasoning used to prop up this decision, his statement becomes less believable. What agenda influenced Blackmun (and the six...