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  • 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...
  • 7 Weeks Before Election, Republicans Help Advance Another Obama Judicial Nominee

    09/20/2016 5:45:54 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | September 19, 2016 | Philip Wegmann
    As President Barack Obama’s time in office nears its end, the Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced another one of his judicial nominees toward a lifetime post. She may not get to the finish line, though. While the Senate has entered that part of the political calendar when confirmations traditionally halt, the Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 13-7 to advance the nomination of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The cadence of judicial nominations customarily follows what’s known as the Thurmond-Leahy rule. The rule, a longstanding gentleman’s agreement among senators, prohibits confirmations of new judgeships...
  • Transgender North Carolinians get restroom-access win [Federal Judge Perversion of Law]

    08/27/2016 11:18:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Savannah Now ^ | 8/27/16 | JONATHAN DREW and EMERY P. DALESIO
    A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law, a judicial rebuke that transgender rights advocates hailed as a victory. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder temporarily blocked the University of North Carolina from making the three plaintiffs follow the restroom provision of the so-called HB2 law as the larger case makes its way to trial in November. His final decision on the law won't come...
  • Justice Ginsburg Regrets ‘Ill-Advised’ Remarks about Trump

    07/14/2016 11:44:06 AM PDT · by detective · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jul 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who was appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton — issued a statement on Thursday saying she regrets her “ill-advised” remarks about presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. “On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg stated on Thursday. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”
  • Andrew McCarthy: ‘FBI Rewrote the Statute’ to Give Hillary Clinton a Pass

    07/07/2016 7:07:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jul 2016 | Dan Rieh
    Andrew McCarthy: ‘FBI Rewrote the Statute’ to Give Hillary Clinton a Pass by Dan Rieh l6 Jul 2016 Washington, DC Andrew McCarthy, senior fellow at National Review and former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon Wednesday about FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment for Hillary Clinton. McCarthy said he was “disheartened” by Tuesday’s events, adding, “It was a spotlight on what is no longer a nation of laws, not of men.” He continued: I thought the case [Comey] laid out was...
  • Judges as Trump's conservative trump card

    Donald Trump isn't your standard conservative Republican, but on one issue he did his best to sound like one while addressing the Western Conservative Summit on Friday: judges.
  • The Supreme Court Has Become a Rubber Stamp for the Democrat Agenda

    06/27/2016 11:11:32 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 6-27-2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Supreme Court's gone. Even at eight members in a case like this, you can count on Justice Kennedy to join 'em, the four libs. So you essentially have a 5-3 leftist court now. But it's not a court. It is a partisan echo chamber of the Democrat Party or leftist agenda. We have a Democrat nominee, Hillary, who's wiped away -- just erased -- all objections to corruption as a disqualifying factor for Democrats. Democrats are making it clear they don't care how corrupt their leaders are. In fact, the more corrupt their leaders are --...
  • Rolling Stone Writer: NRA the ‘Greatest Threat to Our Homeland Security’

    06/19/2016 10:22:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 19, 2016 | Tom Johnson
    Omar Mateen claimed at various times to be aligned with terrorist groups including ISIS, Hezbollah, and the al-Nusra Front. Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson does not consider any of those bloodthirsty outfits “the greatest threat to our homeland security today.” That description, Dickinson argues, best fits the National Rifle Association. “The NRA's unhinged gun advocacy,” he wrote in a Wednesday article, “has created a soft underbelly to our homeland security that radicals are exploiting to inflict mass murder.” Dickinson declared, “Make no mistake: The NRA paved the way for the Orlando attack,” given that -- “ The NRA's lobbyists and political...
  • Report: Trump University Judge Linked To Group That Calls For Boycott Of Trump's Businesses

    06/07/2016 4:22:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 90 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 7, 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a fraud case against Trump University, is reportedly a member of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, which is affiliated with the Hispanic National Bar Association.
  • Donald Trump wants to disqualify a judge purely because of his ethnicity [New "racist!" meme]

    06/02/2016 6:47:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    vox ^ | 6/2/16 | Dara Lind
    After months of underhanded attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over two class-action suits against Trump University, Donald Trump finally came out and said it: people with "Mexican heritage" can't be trusted to put American values first. Here's what he told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday: Mr. Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had "an absolute conflict" in presiding over the litigation given that he was "of Mexican heritage" and a member of a Latino lawyers’ association. Mr. Trump said the background of the judge, who was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrants, was relevant...
  • America is getting everything but justice from Obama's Justice Department

    05/25/2016 5:56:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 24, 2016 | Jay Sekulow
    The Obama administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is “unethical” and “intentionally deceptive.” Harsh words, right? You’d expect that kind of criticism came from a political opponent or maybe even from a conservative commentator. But no – that’s not the case. In fact, that stinging assessment came from a district court in Texas – the same court that blocked President Obama’s unlawful Executive Order on immigration to award legal status and federal and state benefits to nearly five million aliens. That case is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and a decision could come at any time. Just last week,...
  • Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett's Twitter account is prolific, full of Trump burns

    05/19/2016 8:14:51 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 05/19/2016 | William Axford
    On Wednesday, presidential hopeful Donald Trump released names of 11 people he'd consider appointing to the U.S. Supreme Court should he take the Oval Office. Among his picks is Texas Justice Don Willett, a prolific tweeter and meme aficionado. However, Trump and his crew maybe should have paid more attention to Willett's tweets, as the justice has used his digital pulpit to skewer Trump throughout the campaign. He's compared Trump's plan of building a wall to keep Mexican's out of America to the construction of the Death Star and compared one of this year's GOP debates to battling corgis.
  • Trump unveils list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices

    05/18/2016 11:11:10 AM PDT · by TontoKowalski · 233 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/18/16 | Jill Colvin
    The names are at the link.
  • Roy Moore suspended from office: Alabama chief justice faces removal over gay marriage stance

    05/06/2016 8:42:49 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 112 replies
    al.com ^ | 5/6/16 | Kyle Whitmire
    For the second time in his career, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and potential removal from office. Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with pay from his position atop the state's highest court. On Friday, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission forwarded charges to the commission, accusing the chief justice of violating judicial ethics in his opposition to same-sex marriage.
  • Congress Can Remove Ginsberg and Kagan from the Supreme Court!

    05/04/2016 7:53:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 60 replies
    Constitution ^ | March 5, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    A few years back I asked a number of people how long does a Supreme Court Justice serve. Almost unanimously the response was until death or resignation. No one’s response was constitutional. There is nothing in the Constitution that says a Supreme Court Justice or any other federal judge serves for life or until they resign. Here is what the Constitution says about the term of office of a Supreme Court Justice or federal judge: “Article III. Section. 1. The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the...
  • Donald Trump to list 5 to 10 judges that he will nominate to SCOTUS

    03/20/2016 7:45:03 PM PDT · by Quicksilver · 105 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 20, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    Donald Trump revealed at the 43 minutes and 38 seconds mark in this video of "Donald Trump FULL Speech at Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner (3-20-16)" that he would put out a list of 5 to 10 judges he will nominate to the SCOTUS.
  • The Borking Liberal Media Goes to Work for Merrick Garland

    03/19/2016 5:55:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 19, 2016 | Jeffrey Lord
    The media campaign to replace the conservative late Justice Antonin Scalia with an Obama appointee has begun. It won’t be pretty. Republicans will be accused in the media -- actually they are already being accused -- of being “obstructionists” and worse in blocking the appointment of Judge Merrick Garland. But how did it get this way with the media, Democrats and Supreme Court nominations in the first place? Let’s return to the days of yore - the summer and fall of 1987. I was a young political director in the Reagan White House, and President Reagan had nominated Robert Bork...
  • New York Times Tosses Garlands at ‘Brilliant...Moderate’ Obama Nominee Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 2:31:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 16, 2016 | Clay Waters
    The New York Times did its best to begin the Supreme Court debate by mainstreaming Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee, as a “brilliant” “centrist” and moderate voice of reason. Reporters Michael Shear and Gardiner Harris treated the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit with kid gloves in the paper’s initial reporting Wednesday, with the same kind of pro-Democratic labeling slant the paper has always shown toward Supreme Court nominees. A 2010 Media Research Center report, Supremely Slanted, exposed the Times stark disparity in labeling “conservative” justices nominated by Republicans compared to “liberal” ones...
  • White House Is Said to Be Vetting Iowa Judge for Supreme Court Seat

    03/02/2016 3:24:07 PM PST · by drewh · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 2, 2016 | By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    The White House is vetting Jane L. Kelly, a career public defender turned federal appellate judge, as a potential nominee for the Supreme Court, as President Obama closes in on a decision that could reshape the court for decades and create an election-year showdown with Republicans. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been conducting background interviews on Judge Kelly, 51, according to a person with knowledge of the process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House is closely guarding details about Mr. Obama’s search to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia....
  • WashPost's Thiessen: Biden Blocked Federal Court Nominations en Masse in 1988 and 1992

    02/27/2016 12:01:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 27, 2016 | Tom Blumer
    Conservative and center-right columnists often have to do far more digging than their liberal counterparts, simply because overwhelmingly left-leaning beat journalists, aka "Democrats with bylines," provide such unbalanced reporting on current events on a daily basis. Fortunately, the Washington Post's Marc Thiessen did the entirely necessary work of rummaging through available information about federal court nominations in 1988 and 1992. Any beat reporter could have done the same thing, but either didn't, or decided not to report what was found. What Thiessen unearthed makes an argument-ending mockery of Vice President Joe Biden's claim, made in a Monday evening tweet, that when he...
  • HATCH: 'ADVISE AND CONSENT' IS TO PROTECT SUPREME COURT

    02/26/2016 8:51:53 PM PST · by Fhios · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 2/25/2016 | BOB UNRUH
    President has no standing to tell the Senate how to do its job So say's Orin Hatch. The fight over a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is heating up this week, with plans for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to meet with Barack Obama over the issue... Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, has confirmed the president is going to nominate a replacement, and then it will be up to the Senate “to decide if they’re going to fulfill their [duty].” But a statement released from the office...
  • Jeb: Trump Can't Be Trusted on Scalia Replacement

    02/20/2016 3:18:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 19 Feb 2016 07:41 PM | Todd Beamon
    Donald Trump does not have a "consistent conservative view" and should not be placed in a position to nominate a successor to Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Newsmax TV on Friday. "Each time he's had a chance to be in a position where he would apply conservative principles in a way to help anybody other than himself," he hasn't, the former Florida governor told "Newsmax Now" hosts J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman. ...
  • Obama's Federal Bench Nomination [2013]

    02/20/2016 11:13:04 AM PST · by ruthles · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/20/2013 | jake Miller
    In a move that could bring more diversity to the federal bench, President Obama nominated a Native American woman, Diane J. Humetewa, to serve on the U.S. District Court for Arizona on Thursday. Humetewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, was the U.S. attorney in Arizona between 2007 and 2009, a position to which she was nominated by former President George W. Bush at the urging of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. If the Senate confirms her nomination, she would become the only active member of a Native American tribe to serve in the federal judiciary, and the first female Native...
  • Donald Trump: Roe v. Wade Was “Wrongly Decided,” I Will Appoint Judges to Change It

    02/18/2016 3:19:08 PM PST · by Kazan · 208 replies
    Life News ^ | FEB 18, 2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    In the second part of an interview with David Brody of CBN, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed roe without specifically saying it should be overturned. “It’s been very strongly decided but it can be changed,” Trump told Brody. “Things are put there and they’re passed but they can be unpassed with time but it’s going to take time because you have a...
  • THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW!

    02/17/2016 12:03:37 PM PST · by windhover · 29 replies
    2/17/2016 | windhover
    Ok, we knew it would happen and it is happening. The first cracks in that alleged Republican wall of invincibility in the Senate are beginning to run. Charles Grassley R-Iowa and CHAIRMAN of the Judiciary Committee is now publicly saying that he has not excluded the possibility of calling a vote on an Obama Supreme Court appointment. Grassley is also RUNNING FOR RE ELECTION; as is David Vitter R-Louisiana, another Judiciary Committee member. We have to BURY both these Senators in phone calls, e-mail, snail mail, and personal visits to their office closest to you with like minded voters. They...
  • Who is Bill Pryor? [Donald Trump Supreme Court nominee backed ousting of Roy Moore]

    02/15/2016 9:22:05 AM PST · by JediJones · 33 replies
    Al.com ^ | 2/13/2016 | Leada Gore
    Among the names cited by candidates was Bill Pryor, Alabama's former Attorney General, who was mentioned by GOP front runner Donald Trump. While AG, Pryor drew the ire of many conservatives when he backed the decision by the Alabama Court of Judiciary to oust Chief Justice Roy Moore from his position for Moore's refusal to follow a federal court order for the removal of a monument of the 10 Commandments from the front of the state's judicial building. Pryor, who is Catholic, argued the Moore had "flagrantly disobeyed the law, incited the public to support his misconduct and undermined the...
  • Trump Says He'd Consider Bill Pryor for SCOTUS, AG Who Prosecuted 'Ten Commandments' Judge

    02/15/2016 9:12:59 AM PST · by LowOiL · 87 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 2-14-16 | Heather Clark
    Excerpt: Bill Pryor, the former attorney general of Alabama, prosecuted Roy Moore in 2003 over his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court. Pryor's comments to Moore during his trial focused more on Moore's refusal to stop acknowledging God as chief justice. "[Y]our understanding is that the federal court ordered that you could not acknowledge God; isn't that right?" Pryor asked. "And if you resume your duties as chief justice after this proceeding, you will continue to acknowledge God as you have testified that you would today?" "That's right," Moore replied.
  • Trump Says He’d Consider Bill Pryor for Sp. Ct, Who Prosecuted ‘Ten Commandments’ Judge

    02/14/2016 4:27:13 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 107 replies
    Charistian News ^ | February 14, 2016 | Heather Clark
    Pyror Moore II-compressedCHARLESTON, S.C. — During Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, Donald Trump said that if he were to nominate a judge to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, he would consider Diane Sykes or Bill Pryor, the latter of which prosecuted “Ten Commandments Judge” Roy Moore.
  • Donald Trump names Wisconsin's Diane Sykes as possible Scalia replacement (Bill Pryor too)

    02/14/2016 6:13:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | 2/14/16 | Fox 6
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death played a big role during Saturday night's Republican presidential debate on February 13th. One of the big questions voters now have for the candidates is: who would replace Scalia? Scalia was known for being an extremely conservative justice - and had many fans. Donald Trump has floated a former Wisconsin supreme court justice as a possible candidate for Supreme Court. "We could have a Diane Sykes, or a Bill Pryor. We have some fantastic people, but this is a tremendous blow to conservatism," said Trump.
  • Hillary Clinton, if president, could appoint 4 Supreme Court justices [11-12-15]

    02/13/2016 3:09:19 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Hillary Clinton, if president, could appoint 4 Supreme Court justices By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times - Thursday, November 12, 2015 Conservatives unhappy with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare heard a powerful argument Thursday for defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton: The next president could appoint as many as four justices. When the next president takes the oath of office in January 2017, three current justices will be at least 80 years old: conservative Antonin Scalia (80), swing voter Anthony M. Kennedy (80) and liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg (83). Liberal Justice Stephen G. Breyer will be 78....
  • Would Donald Trump Be a Pro-Abortion President?

    01/20/2016 3:38:22 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 62 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 17, 2016 | John McCormack
    When Ben Carson was rising in the polls, Donald Trump was quick to attack the former neurosurgeon for being "pro-abortion not so long ago." The attack was more than a bit hypocritical because Trump himself was "very" pro-abortion not so long ago. In 1999, Tim Russert asked Trump if he would support a ban on "abortion in the third-trimester" or "partial-birth abortion." "No," Trump replied. "I am pro-choice in every respect." Trump explained his views may be the result of his "New York background." Now that Ted Cruz has attacked Trump's "New York values," Trump's views on abortion will be...
  • FAIL. POLITICO Sees Ted Cruz’s Federalism As Dishonesty

    12/23/2015 2:51:42 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 12 replies
    Redstate ^ | December 23rd, 2015 | Streiff
    Last week I posted on a POLITICO story in which Marco Rubio’s senior advisors were reported as crowing about how they were going to depict Ted Cruz as a “craven insider who lacks authenticity.” The first step in that attack was Cruz’s position on the Gang of Eight amnesty bill pushed by Marco Rubio. This has been argued to the point of exhaustion and I’m not going to revisit it other than to say that the media seem convinced that they carried the day for Rubio and GOP voters disagree with that assessment. Now we see another planted attack in...
  • (Live thread) THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE SECURITY

    11/19/2015 5:58:12 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    judiciary.house.gov ^ | Nov 19 2015 | House Judiciary
    2141 Rayburn House Office Building 9:00 AM By Direction of the Chairman Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Ms. Anne C. Richard Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, United States Department of State Mr. Seth Jones Director International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation Mr. Mark Krikorian Executive Director Center for Immigration Studies Mr. Mark Hetfield President and Chief Executive Officer HIAS Honorable Leon Rodriguez Director United States Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS Rodriguez Testimony.pdf (127.7 KBs)
  • Fiorina Did Refer to SCOTUS Decision As “Law of the Land”

    09/30/2015 11:35:42 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 86 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | September 30, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Carly Fiorina’s recent interview with Jan Mickelson on WHO Radio on Friday is getting some attention namely because of what she denied. “Here in Iowa when you say Supreme Court decisions are the law of the land that sets us off because Iowans got bludgeoned by court decisions here, and we went through Civics 101 and we don’t accept propositions that court decisions are the law of the land,” Mickelson said. “Actually, with all due respect Jan, I think that is a quote from someone else, not from me. I know there are many Republican candidates, Kasich among them, who...
  • "Opinions are sometimes right, and sometimes wrong. But they aren't law."

    09/07/2015 3:07:04 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 68 replies
    TomHoefling.com ^ | 9-7-2015 | Siena Hoefling
    Opinions are sometimes right, and sometimes wrong. But they aren't law. In the early days of our government, Supreme Court opinions were so insignificant that Congress didn't bother preserving them. Opinions were left to individuals to keep track of, and were not congressionally-funded into official records until 1874, almost a century after our independence. Before Congress stepped in, Court records were printed and kept under copyright by private citizens and reporters, who sold them for profit. Opinions of the Court were kept "loosey-goosey" for decades, and not preserved with certified integrity. Actual statute was held officially and carefully, in order...
  • Va. Republicans to fire McAuliffe’s Supreme Court pick, install their own

    08/03/2015 9:39:35 AM PDT · by FoxInSocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jenna Portnoy
    RICHMOND — Virginia Republicans will reject Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for the state’s newest Supreme Court justice and install their own choice, igniting a political firestorm that will come to a head when lawmakers return to Richmond in two weeks. McAuliffe’s nominee, Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush, has already been sworn in, meaning Republicans will take the rare step of unseating a justice after she has taken the bench. Leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly announced they plan to elect Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr., who previously served on the Prince William County circuit...
  • "...the people will have ceased to be their own rulers..."

    07/15/2015 2:20:05 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 14 replies
    First Inaugural ^ | MONDAY, MARCH 4, 1861 | President Abraham Lincoln
    "I do not forget the position assumed by some, that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court; nor do I deny that such decisions must be binding in any case, upon the parties to a suit; as to the object of that suit, while they are also entitled to very high respect and consideration in all parallel cases by all other departments of the government. And while it is obviously possible that such decision may be erroneous in any given case, still the evil effect following it, being limited to that particular case, with the chance that...
  • The Unsoundness of Judicial Supremacy [MUST READ]

    07/07/2015 11:13:08 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 30 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute - Public Discourse ^ | July 8th, 2015 | Paul R. DeHart
    "Decisions of the Supreme Court that go beyond power delegated to the judicial branch or are contrary to the Constitution are null and void. To protect our constitutional republic, citizens, states, and the other branches of the federal government must resist any such decision." The Supreme Court looms large in American politics. In fact, many accept the claim—made by the Court and others—that the Supreme Court gets the final say as to what counts as law under our system of government. Judicial review is now bound together with the doctrine of judicial supremacy, crafted by Chief Justice Roger Taney in...
  • Judge not: GOP blocks dozens of Obama court picks

    07/06/2015 5:41:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim
    The GOP-controlled Senate is on track this year to confirm the fewest judges since 1969, a dramatic escalation of the long-running partisan feud over the ideological makeup of federal courts. The standoff, if it continues through the 2016 elections as expected, could diminish the stamp that President Barack Obama leaves on the judiciary — a less conspicuous but critical part of his legacy. Practically, the makeup of lower-level courts could directly affect a number of Obama’s policies expected to face legal challenges from conservatives. Republicans appear willing to absorb criticism that they’re interfering with the prerogative of a president to...
  • Pound Sand, Your Honor! More Americans Want States to Ignore Federal Courts

    07/03/2015 8:02:37 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 July 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    While dissenting from the recent Supreme Court decision rubber-stamping same-sex “marriage,” Justice Antonin Scalia warned his colleagues that with “each decision ... unabashedly based not on law” the Court moves “one step closer to being reminded of [its] impotence.” And a new poll shows that another such step has in fact been taken, with more Americans supporting the idea that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings. Writes Rasmussen Reports, “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings...
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Efforts To Have Justices Ginsburg And Kagan Recused Take A Troubling Turn

    06/22/2015 7:20:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 22, 2015 | Herbert W. Titus and William J. Olson
    Not only will we soon know how the U.S. Supreme Court decides the issue of same-sex marriage in the Obergefell case — we will also know if the Court will follow federal law and its own judicial ethics rules in reaching that decision. On June 17, 2015, former U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Miller wrote and published an article calling for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse from participating in the consolidated same-sex marriage cases now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court on the ground of bias. In support, Miller noted that both justices had officiated in the...
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Isn’t Even Pretending to Be Impartial

    05/20/2015 7:33:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/20/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    Since there was no bride to be the “belle” at the ritzy D.C. wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Manhattan architect Charles Mitchem this weekend, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who officiated, was happy to play the part. And she did so with panache, says Maureen Dowd: The most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States. . . . The...
  • Iowa Judge dismisses entire jury pool because 111 of the 112 are white

    05/16/2015 3:37:16 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/13/2015
    Iowa judge dismisses entire jury pool in murder trial of black man because 111 of the 112 people are white An Iowa judge has dismissed a 112-member jury pool after determining that a black man charged with murder couldn't get a fair trial 111 members of the jury identified as white Tyrone Washington Jr., 41, of Northwood, Iowa is accused in the August 2013 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Justina Smith Defense attorney Charles Kenville requested to have jury pool stricken, and Judge Colleen Weiland granted his motion An Iowa judge has dismissed a 112-member jury pool after determining that...
  • Chief Justice Roberts Not Stepping Down Despite Report

    03/04/2010 11:56:48 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 107 replies · 4,721+ views
    FoxNews | 3/4/10
    Chief Justice John Roberts is not stepping down from the Supreme Court, despite a celebrity gossip report, a source very close to Roberts told Fox News. RadarOnline.com reported Thursday that Roberts, 55, would be resigning for personal reasons. But the source said the report is "completely untrue." There is "no medical issue, no issue at all," the source said, adding that there is not even a 1 percent chance that Roberts is considering resignation.
  • Minimum sentence for California rapist too 'cruel,' rules judge

    04/08/2015 3:18:57 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/8/15 | DOYLE MURPHY
    Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly claimed it would be cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a child rapist to the California state minimum of 25 years in prison. A California judge is under fire for handling a child rapist with kid gloves. Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly sentenced Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto to just 10 years in prison — less than half the 25-year minimum — for sodomizing a 3-year-old relative. The 20-year-old creep locked the little girl inside the family’s garage with him, and then covered her mouth when he heard her mother coming,...
  • AL Supreme Court Halts Issuance of Counterfeit Marriage Licenses

    03/04/2015 6:54:44 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 78 replies
    Barbwire ^ | March 4, 2015
    Montgomery, AL – In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court of Alabama in a 7-1 decision has affirmed natural marriage and ordered Alabama’s probate judges to immediately stop issuing illegal marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The ruling represents a significant shift of momentum in the same-sex marriage agenda, and is a direct challenge to the orders of U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade, who in January purported to overturn Alabama’s marriage laws. The ruling of the Alabama Supreme Court offers the most forceful and clearly articulated rebuttal to date of the imaginative arguments for same-sex “marriage” employed by federal courts....
  • Obama says he won’t be deterred by ‘one federal judge’ on immigration

    02/25/2015 11:57:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    A confident President Obama said Wednesday he won’t be stopped by “one federal judge,” telling a Miami crowd he’ll move ahead with his controversial executive action on immigration and vowing his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come. At a town hall meeting hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, the president also threatened to veto GOP-backed legislation that would undo his immigration action. That measure is expected to come up for a vote later this week. Mr. Obama took executive steps last year to halt deportations for millions of illegal immigrants, but a federal judge...
  • Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore: Alabama Judges Must Uphold ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling or Resign

    02/17/2015 7:36:19 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 2/15/15 | Heather Clark
    A prominent Southern Baptist leader who raised concerns last year after he advised that Christians should support the rights of other religions and also traveled to the Vatican for an interfaith conference on marriage is now stating that probate judges in Alabama should either follow the recent federal ruling in favor of “gay marriage” or resign. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, made the statement recently to the Baptist Press when asked about his prediction on which way the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on the issue of same-sex “marriage.” He opined that...
  • Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore Memorandum to Alabama Probate Judges

    02/14/2015 1:06:43 AM PST · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    MEMORANDUM TO: Alabama Probate Judges FROM: Chief Justice Roy S. Moore RE: Sanctity of Marriage ruling Date: February 3, 2015 The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to the probate judges of Alabama as to their duties under Alabama's Sanctity of Marriage Amendment ("the Amendment"), Art. I, § 36.03, Ala. Const. 1901, and the Alabama Marriage Protection Act ("the Act"), § 30-1-19, Ala. Code 1975, in light of the recent orders of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. A news story has quoted the Honorable Greg Norris, President of the Alabama Probate Judges...
  • Scott Walker Just Pulled Off a Supreme Court Coup in Wisconsin

    01/22/2015 6:04:22 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1-21-2015 | Jack Holmes
    The Wisconsin state Senate has just paved the way for the state Supreme Court to elect its own chief justice—and the conservatives’ pick might shake up the governor’s own case. Eighty-one-year-old Shirley Abrahamson has been chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 18 years, but that tenure looks like it’s about to come to an abrupt end. A state constitutional amendment, passed Tuesday in the state Senate 17-14 along strict party lines, will allow the court’s seven justices to vote on a chief justice, undoing a 126-year-old tradition that grants the post to the longest-serving justice on the bench....