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  • [Sandra Day] O'Connor Dons New Robe as William & Mary Chancellor

    04/08/2006 12:06:01 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 14 replies · 500+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2006 | AP
    WILLIAMSBURG (AP) -- Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor traded judge's robes for an academic gown yesterday as she was installed in the honorary post of chancellor of the College of William & Mary. < snip > Mrs. O'Connor succeeds former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, who was appointed in 2000 to replace former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. William & Mary was chartered in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II. The chancellor serves as an adviser to the president and an advocate for the school and meets occasionally with students and faculty. Until...
  • New York Archdiocese Sets Biggest Closing in Its 150 Years

    03/29/2006 6:04:17 AM PST · by NYer · 56 replies · 842+ views
    NYT ^ | March 29, 2006 | Michael Luo
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced plans yesterday for the most sweeping reorganization in its history of more than 150 years, recommending the closing of 31 parishes and 14 schools throughout the metropolitan region.At the same time, the archdiocese recommended creating five new parishes in Staten Island, Orange County and Dutchess County and constructing several new church buildings, mostly in northern Westchester County, Rockland County and Dutchess County, where many Catholics who have left the city have relocated.The closings would hit the archdiocese the hardest in its southern parts — the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, Yonkers and central...
  • Public Comments by Supreme Court Justices Veer Toward the Political

    03/19/2006 2:37:39 PM PST · by Crackingham · 18 replies · 791+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/19/6 | Adam Liptak
    Speeches by Supreme Court justices are usually sleepy civics lessons studded with references to the Federalist Papers and the majesty of the law. That seems to be changing. This month, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told an audience at Georgetown University that a judiciary afraid to stand up to elected officials can lead to dictatorship. Last month, speaking in South Africa, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that the courts were a safeguard "against oppressive government and stirred-up majorities." ....... The recent speeches, said Kermit L. Hall, the editor of "The Oxford Companion to the United States Supreme Court," may be...
  • Texas legislators take issue with O'Connor's warnings

    03/19/2006 3:03:06 AM PST · by flattorney · 25 replies · 1,370+ views
    Dallas News ^ | Sunday, March 19, 2006 | Todd J. Gillman
    <p>WASHINGTON – Now that she's left the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor has a few things to get off her chest. One of the first was to warn that the nation could slide into dictatorship if harsh critiques of the judiciary – from the likes of Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Tom DeLay – go unanswered.</p>
  • Ex Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Bashes Pro-Life Advocates on Terri Schiavo

    03/13/2006 12:30:47 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 162 replies · 3,614+ views ^ | March 13, 2006 | by Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor used a speech at Georgetown University to attack pro-life lawmakers who sided with Terri Schiavo's parents in their efforts to prevent their daughter's euthanasia death. She claimed a Congressional effort to have federal courts review the case was a first step towards a dictatorship. O'Connor, who backs abortion, announced her retirement last year and was recently replaced by federal appeals court judge Samuel Alito, who pro-life advocates hope will be more open to upholding laws that protect the right to life. "We must be ever-vigilant against those who would...
  • Former Top Judge Says US Risks Edging Near To Dictatorship

    03/12/2006 6:49:12 PM PST · by blam · 122 replies · 2,983+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-13-2006 | Julian Borger
    Former top judge says US risks edging near to dictatorship · Sandra Day O'Connor warns of rightwing attacks · Lawyers 'must speak up' to protect judiciary Julian Borger in Washington Monday March 13, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary. In a strongly worded speech at Georgetown University, reported by National Public Radio and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Ms O'Connor took aim at Republican leaders...
  • O'Connor May Sit on Bench Again

    03/12/2006 1:09:09 PM PST · by NinoFan · 72 replies · 2,385+ views ^ | March 13, 2006 | Tony Mauro
    O'Connor May Sit on Bench Again By Tony Mauro Legal Times March 13, 2006 The next stage of retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's public life began taking shape last week: a combination of speaking out, receiving accolades and even, she hinted, sitting as a judge again. In a talk Thursday at Georgetown University Law Center, she demurred when it was suggested she could be more candid now that she's no longer a justice: "I've retired, but I'm still a federal judge." Retired justices can sit by designation on any federal court, but O'Connor did not indicate where she hopes to...
  • O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor showed Thursday that she's not absent from judicial issues. During a speech in Washington, she said Republican leaders' attacks on the courts threaten the constitutional freedoms of Americans.So now the Supreme Court can't be criticized. I hate judges...
  • Justice Stevens to retire soon?

    02/02/2006 1:49:42 PM PST · by Tarkin · 21 replies · 1,257+ views
    (...) Third party sources are now telling me that the John Paul Stevens rumor is true and that the White House is now planning for a third vacancy, but not until the end of the year [2005]. Third party sources, who I treat as credible, say that Stevens has begun taking actions in his personal life to make arrangements for personal affairs. It is presumed that Stevens is taking steps to retire. A separate third party source tells me that Ginsberg is not expected to retire, as her health is fine. Stevens has reportedly sent signals that he will retire...
  • No Sentimental Send-Off for O'Connor -- Yet

    01/24/2006 5:40:34 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 16 replies · 592+ views
    Legal Times via Yahoo News ^ | 1/24/06 | Tony Mauro
    The Supreme Court can sometimes seem like an unsentimental place, and Monday was one of those times. It was probably Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's final day on the bench after 25 years on the Court, yet no one paused to note that fact. No final huzzahs, no commendations from her colleagues, nothing. Two justices, John Paul Stevens, and Antonin Scalia, were not even on the bench for the occasion. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will soon become the only woman left on the high court, seemed more forlorn than usual, and O'Connor herself seemed somber. But other than that it...
  • Swing Vote

    01/24/2006 8:09:42 AM PST · by lawdude · 6 replies · 338+ views
    1/24/06 | Self
    I have been watching the Judicial Committee and collateral news events for a long time. I am struck by the continued use of the term "Swing Vote"! Now, I am an attorney but certainly not an expert on the supremes. My Question is, WHAT IS A SWING VOTE? Do the Justices vote in order of senority? No, that would make Souter or Ginsburg the final vote. Did the Court decide to make SDO'C wait until the adults voted before allowing her to speak out? Is she some revered mental wiz that is, by virtue of her supreme knowledge, allowed to...
  • The Case of Alito v. O'Connor

    01/11/2006 8:04:06 AM PST · by Dave S · 8 replies · 433+ views
    National Journal ^ | Jan. 9, 2006 | Stuart Taylor Jr.
    Most analysts predict (and I agree) that if confirmed, Judge Samuel Alito will be more conservative than Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, whom he would succeed on the Supreme Court. That's why O'Connor was practically begged to stay on by liberal Democratic senators such as Barbara Boxer of California and Patrick Leahy of Vermont; moderate Republican senators such as Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine; and liberal groups such as the National Organization for Women. Alito's critics have ignored evidence that his 15 years of precedent-respecting work as a judge tell more about him than...
  • Forget Abortion; They’re Coming After You Next

    12/09/2005 3:04:21 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 6 replies · 563+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12/09/05 | Purple Mountains
    The taking of people’s property by eminent domain in order to sell it to private developers is getting totally out of hand, and crying for justice. After the infamous Kelo vs. New London case was decided in favor of developers by the liberal majority on the Supreme Court, there was a spate of stories about how the US Congress and various states were enacting laws to counter this abysmal (and plainly unconstitutional) decision. It is becoming clear, however, that people’s rights (especially poor people) are being trampled on all over the country, and the only way to right this wrong...
  • Blame GOP "Leadership" for Renegade {Arlen} Specter

    11/08/2005 1:40:42 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 24 replies · 905+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 11-08-05 | Sowell, Thomas
    Blame GOP 'Leadership' for Renegade Specter by Thomas Sowell Posted Nov 8, 2005 The recent announcement by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter that confirmation hearings on Judge Samuel Alito have been postponed until January was only the latest in a series of painful examples of what happens when Senate Republicans wimp out. Senator Specter did not wimp out. The Senate Republican “leadership” wimped out when they made him chairman of the Judiciary Committee after he had fired a shot across the bow of his own President, right after the election, publicly warning President Bush not to nominate anyone to...
  • Judge O'Conlito?

    11/03/2005 6:09:53 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 15 replies · 337+ views
    Wiz Bang Blog ^ | 3 November | Kevin Aylward
    Judge O'Conlito? Talking head hottie Flavia Colgan, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor (remember her?), warns that both sides will be disappointed with Judge Samuel Alito if he's confirmed to the Supreme Court. From her HuffPo piece: The question people have to ask is what constitutes a link that is so invalid that it renders the whole chain weak and un-useful. The left needs to determine whether they are willing to sink a candidate for the court that has expressed pro-choice legal opinions three out of four times, because of the one time he did not....
  • Democrats Try to Use Alito Row To Tip Scales in Midterm Election (In Whose Favor?)

    11/01/2005 10:42:59 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 26 replies · 923+ views
    Democrats Try to Use Alito Row To Tip Scales in Midterm Election By JEANNE CUMMINGS Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL November 2, 2005; Page A6 The battle lines over the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court began emerging Tuesday. Democrats are hoping to use his conservative record as a federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia to drive a wedge between Republicans and swing voters who could be critical in next year's midterm elections. "If kowtowing to the extremists in his own party is necessary for [President Bush's] political survival, and it may be in the...
  • Conservatives enthusiastic about Alito (DeWine Grows Spine)

    11/01/2005 9:09:39 AM PST · by indianrightwinger · 7 replies · 775+ views
    Conservatives enthusiastic about Alito Democrats considering filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Tuesday, November 1, 2005; Posted: 11:50 a.m. EST (16:50 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House got the reaction it wanted out of its third Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals judge Samuel Alito: immediate acceptance from the conservatives who helped torpedo President Bush's previous pick. But abortion rights Democrats are openly talking about trying to block the New Jersey jurist. "The filibuster's on the table," Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California said as Alito headed back to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Alito is courting Republicans crucial to his attempt...
  • Alito Leans Right Where O'Connor Swung Left

    11/01/2005 5:59:22 AM PST · by no dems · 36 replies · 756+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2005 | Charles Lane
    In 1991, Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. voted to uphold a Pennsylvania statute that would have required at least some married women to notify their husbands before getting an abortion; a year later, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor cast a decisive fifth vote at the Supreme Court to strike it down. In 2000, Alito ruled that a federal law requiring time off for family and medical emergencies could not be used to sue state employers for damages; three years later, O'Connor was part of a Supreme Court majority that said it could. And last year, Alito upheld the death sentence of...
  • A Bruising High Court Fight Likely - Two conservative favorites reportedly top Bush list

    10/30/2005 7:50:40 AM PST · by XR7 · 122 replies · 3,322+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/30/05 | Jan Crawford Greenburg
    WASHINGTON — Rebounding from the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, President Bush is poised to select between two of the nation's leading conservative federal appeals-court judges — both with deep backgrounds in constitutional law — for what promises to be a bruising Senate confirmation battle. With an announcement expected today or Monday, administration officials have narrowed the focus to Judges Samuel Alito of New Jersey and Michael Luttig of Virginia, sources involved in the process said. Both have sterling legal qualifications and solid conservative credentials, and either would set off an explosive fight with Senate Democrats,...
  • Michigan Supreme Court Justice says state highest court is committed to strict interpretation of law

    10/29/2005 10:18:41 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 8 replies · 781+ views
    Michigan Supreme Court Justice says state's highest court is committed to strict interpretation of law By Fred Gray, News-Review staff writer Wednesday, July 6, 2005 11:53 AM EDT Corrigan Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan says the majority on the high court has been committed to "textualism," or the application of the objective meaning of the actual words of the statute or constitution, since 1999, when for the first time in 50 years justices nominated by the Republican Party became the majority of the court. "Fundamentally, a majority of the court believes a court's role is to interpret the law,...