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  • Back to the Future: Dems walk out on vote again (WI)

    10/22/2015 3:05:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 10-21-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 269 of 267 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog MADISON, Wis. – Wednesday was old school “Back to the Future Day” in the state Assembly – the Huey Lewis and the News “Back in Time” kind. As their fellow Democrats in the Senate did in winter 2011, the minority party fled another vote on a controversial piece of legislation. Back then it was a temper-tantrum over Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s public employee collective bargaining reform bill that sent the Fleeing 14 over the border into Illinois in a failed attempt to stave...
  • Holder's Holdout [Holder gave VERBAL recusal, and can't remember when he gave it]

    05/16/2013 11:32:16 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5.16.13 | Kaylin Bugos
    Holder admitted that there was no non-verbal record of the recusal... Holder suggested that there is room for a better federal policy governing recusal, apparently unaware of what’s already on the books. 28 USC Chapter 40 states: Before personally making any other determination under this chapter with respect to information received under this chapter, the Attorney General shall determine under paragraph (1)(B) whether recusal is necessary. The Attorney General shall set forth this determination in writing, identify the facts considered by the Attorney General, and set forth the reasons for the recusal.
  • Elena Kagan: The ObamaCare Recusal That Wasn't

    06/21/2012 9:59:12 AM PDT · by reformedcrat · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6-21-2012 | Tom Thurlow
    <p>Clearly a different standard is being used in Justice Kagan’s decision to stay in this case. Not only had she e-mailed her excitement of Obamacare’s passage but has shared in the Obama administration’s strategizing on the legal defenses for Obamacare. As sitting Supreme Court justice, Elana Kagan could very well be deciding on responses to arguments that she herself had helped formulate when she was solicitor general.</p>
  • Ken Lester named new judge in Zimmerman murder case

    04/18/2012 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 59 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | 4/18/2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD – Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr., who's been on the bench 15 years and has a great deal of experience with high-profile murder cases, on Wednesday was assigned the George Zimmerman murder case. It was originally given to Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, but she recused herself Wednesday after Zimmerman's attorney asked her to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest: Her husband is the law partner of Mark NeJame, who's been hired to comment on the case for CNN.
  • Judicial Watch Asks Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to Directly Address Obamacare Recusal...

    03/22/2012 3:20:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies · 3+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 22, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Asks Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to Directly Address Obamacare Recusal Controversy (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch, the nation’s largest government watchdog group, today sent a letter asking Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to address the facts surrounding her tenure as Solicitor General and the enactment and subsequent legal defense of the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), as well as to provide an articulation of her reasoning behind any decision regarding recusal. Emails previously obtained by Judicial Watch suggest that, during Justice Kagan’s tenure as Solicitor General, the Office of the Solicitor General had...
  • Kagan Defended ObamaCare As Solicitor General - Case closed on recusal.

    01/27/2012 2:47:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | 01/27/2012 | John Hayward
    Until now, those who say Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan shouldn’t recuse herself from the upcoming ObmaCare case, even though federal code clearly requires her to do so, have argued that even though she was President Obama’s Solicitor General, she was kept hermetically sealed away from anything pertaining to ObamaCare. This was supposedly done even though the Supreme Court seat she would later occupy wasn’t vacant yet – a forward-looking move designed to keep her viable for both the Court seat, and the ObamaCare thumbs-up desperately needed by the President in a few weeks. That excuse always seemed preposterous. Solicitor...
  • Chief Justice Roberts: Back off the recusal demands

    01/02/2012 7:47:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Has anyone taken the demands for the recusals of Supreme Court justices on the ObamaCare case seriously? As I’ve written previously, they’re not offered seriously, but as a way of shaping the post-decision political battlefield, efforts that have begun on both sides of the issue. Chief Justice John Roberts told both sides to back off in his annual report to the federal judiciary: The chief justice’s comments came in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary. In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls...
  • Justice Kagan - Fingers and Toes Are Crossed Today! (sent entitled Email day of Obamacare vote)

    11/30/2011 5:18:12 PM PST · by opentalk · 26 replies
    director blue ^ | Novembe 29, 2011 | Doug Ross
    In early 2010, then-solicitor general of the United States, Elena Kagan wrote an email to Laurence Tribe cheering for the passage of Obamacare. ...Kagan sent [an email] to Harvard Law Prof. Larry Tribe, who was then working at the Justice Department. This email was sent on March 21, 2010, the day the health-care bill would pass the House. "In an email entitled, 'fingers and toes crossed today!', ... Ms. Kagan happily says to Professor Tribe, 'I hear they have the votes, Larry!! Simply amazing." The Judicial Crisis Network describes the case for Kagan's recusal in no uncertain terms. ...For the...
  • 85 Call for Kagan Recusal on Obamacare

    11/19/2011 4:20:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | November 19, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    The call for Congress to hold hearings on the need for Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself from the ObamaCare case now on the docket of the Supreme Court has exploded.  The number of organizations signing on to a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has more than tripled in just 48 hours since our original blog post calling for her to stand aside.  Following is a link to the final draft of the letter signed by the leaders of 85 citizens organizations and related other articles and documents. Leader's to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith Judicial Action Group's...
  • Leading senators: Kagan may have to recuse herself from health case

    11/18/2011 4:30:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Top Republican senators said late Friday the Justice Department has been stonewalling their request for more information on Supreme CourtJustice Elena Kagan, and said her previous work as solicitor general “may satisfy both requirements for recusal” from the upcoming health-care case. The senators, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are demanding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. comply with requests for more documents about Justice Kagan’s role in planning the administration’s defense, and said unless he provides the information it could undermine confidence in the court’s eventual ruling on the case. “President Obama chose to nominate a member of his...
  • Court announcement raises recusal questions for Kagan, Thomas

    11/14/2011 1:11:15 PM PST · by libstripper · 34 replies
    Wshington Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    The Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it will hear challenges to President Obama’s health care law have put the spotlight on Justice Elena Kagan, who worked in the administration while the law was being written and, conservatives argue, helped craft its legal defense. “Before the Supreme Court case is heard we need to know if Justice Elena Kagan helped the Obama Administration prepare its defense for Obamacare when she was solicitor general. The Justice Department must answer serious questions about whether Justice Kagan has an inherent conflict of interest which would demand that she recuse herself from the Obamacare case,”...
  • Sen. Lee: Justice Must Disclose Kagan-Obamacare

    11/14/2011 8:45:15 AM PST · by Qbert · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12 Nov 2011 | Henry J. Reske
    The Justice Department must disclose all documents relating to any work Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan may have been involved in regarding the formulation of the legal defense for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law so a fair assessment of whether she should step aside from the case can be made, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said. Lee’s comments came in a question and answer session following his speech to the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention. Before ascending to the Supreme Court, Kagan had served as the nation’s solicitor general, responsible for representing the federal government before the Supreme Court....
  • New info indicates Justice Kagan's conflict of interest on ObamaCare

    11/11/2011 12:33:32 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11-11-11 | Anthony Martin
    When former Obama Administration attorney Elena Kagan was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by Barack Obama, conservatives warned that the nominee was perhaps the most politically partisan Justice that has ever served on the high court. Kagan had served as Obama's Solicitor-General and was responsible for defending his policies in court cases.But new information has surfaced today that may indicate a stark conflict of interest when it comes Kagan and the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. As a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch and CNSNews in response to the Justice Department's refusal to...
  • Kagan to Tribe on Day Obamacare Passed: ‘I Hear They Have the Votes, Larry!! Simply Amazing.’

    11/10/2011 8:04:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/10/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the day the House of Representatives passed President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan and famed Supreme Court litigator and Harvard Law Prof. Laurence Tribe, who was then serving in the Justice Department, had an email exchange in which they discussed the pending health-care vote, according to documents the Department of Justice released late Wednesday to the Media Research Center,'s parent organization, and to Judicial Watch.
  • New Documents Show Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s Comments on Obamacare Legislation While...

    11/10/2011 1:23:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 10, 2011
    Complete title: New Documents Show Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s Comments on Obamacare Legislation While Serving as Solicitor General Kagan: “I hear they have the votes!! Simply amazing.” Washington, DC -- November 10, 2011 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained three new documents that provide additional information about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) while she served as solicitor general. Justice Kagan has said she was not actively involved in the Department of Justice (DOJ) discussions regarding Obamacare. Moreover, the...
  • Paper (written by judicial expert) argues for Kagan's recusal in health care challenge

    11/10/2011 10:30:15 AM PST · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Legal Newsline ^ | 11/10/2011 | JESSICA M. KARMASEK
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - An expert on judicial issues says U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the multistate challenge to President Barack Obama's health care reform. In a "white paper" released Wednesday, Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network argues that Kagan, as solicitor general, was directly involved in the defense of the new federal health care law and that she should therefore dismiss herself from any consideration of its legality before the nation's high court. Severino is chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, a Washington-based group committed to upholding the Constitution...
  • Judge Blocks Release of Recusal-Related Emails Kagan Sent WH—Says They're ‘Personal’

    10/14/2011 4:46:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 14, 2011 | Terrence P. Jeffrey
    ( - U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, a Clinton appointee, has ruled that the Justice Department does not need to release emails Solicitor General Elena Kagan sent from her DOJ email account to people in the White House—in which she discussed her recusal decisions as solicitor general—because the emails were “used for a purely personal objective.” and Judicial Watch were seeking public release of the emails through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The “purely personal objective” cited by the judge was Kagan’s goal of being confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. At issue is whether...
  • Judiciary Chairman Withholding Judgment on Whether Kagan Should Recuse from Health-Care Cases

    07/18/2011 11:34:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 18, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    ( - House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is withholding judgment on whether Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from judging lawsuits that were filed against the health-care law that President Barack Obama signed while Kagan was serving as the Obama administration's solicitor general and was charged with defending the administration’s position in federal court disputes.Smith sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on July 6 asking that Holder provide “relevant documents and witness interviews in order to properly understand U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s involvement in health care legislation or litigation while serving as United...
  • House Judiciary Committee Begins Investigation of Kagan and ObamaCare

    07/08/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    New American ^ | July 8, 2011 | Michael Tennant
      Just 12 days after 49 congressmen requested an official inquiry into Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s (left) involvement with the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPACA, aka ObamaCare) during her tenure as U.S. Solicitor General, the House Judiciary Committee has complied. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a July 6 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for “relevant documents and witness interviews in order to properly understand” Kagan’s role with regard to the legislation itself and related litigation.Perhaps the committee will have better luck in wresting those documents from the Justice Department’s clutches than private organizations have...
  • Lawmakers seek probe of Kagan’s health care work

    06/30/2011 11:17:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    Forty-nine Republican members of Congress on Thursday asked the HouseJudiciary Committee to “promptly investigate” Supreme CourtJustice Elena Kagan’s role in preparing a legal defense for President Obama’s health care law, saying her prior work in the Obama administration should disqualify her from considering any challenge to the law before the high court. In a letter to Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, and the committee’s ranking Democrat, John Conyers Jr., of Michigan, the GOP lawmakers said that “contradictory to her 2010 confirmation testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” recently released Justice Department documents show that Justice Kagan “actively participated with...
  • Kagan Assigned DOJ Lawyer Who Argued Obamacare Cases In Appeals Courts

    06/03/2011 12:25:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 3, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - On Wednesday, Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal did what his job called for: He traveled to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and defended President Barack Obama’s health-care-reform law against a challenge that had been filed by the Thomas More Law Center.The challenge claims Obamacare's individual mandate is unconstitutional.Back on May 10, Katyal also argued for the administration in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., against challenges to the constitutionality of the health-care law. There the suit had been brought by the state of Virginia...
  • Did Kagan Tell Deputy She Assigned to Health-Care Case Administration Should Win It?...

    04/26/2011 1:17:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 26, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete title: Did Kagan Tell Deputy She Assigned to Health-Care Case Administration Should Win It? DOJ Won’t Say ( - To an ordinary American it might seem like an obvious question with an obvious answer. When Solicitor General Elena Kagan--whose job was to defend the administration’s position in federal court cases--assigned her top deputy to handle the anticipated legal challenges to the health-care bill that President Barack Obama was pushing through Congress in 2010 did she indicate to that deputy that the administration should defeat those challenges? Common sense might say: Of course. But if the common sense answer were...
  • Hollister v. Soetoro/Obama eligibility case to be reconsidered by Supreme Court

    02/27/2011 8:17:22 AM PST · by freepersup · 110 replies Phoenix ^ | Linda Bentley
    WASHINGTON – On Dec. 30, 2010, the day after Hollister v. Soetoro, challenging the constitutional eligibility of President Barack Obama, was docketed for the Jan. 14, 2011 conference of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), retired USAF Col. Gregory Hollister’s Attorney John Hemenway filed a motion for justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, both appointed by Obama, to recuse themselves.
  • Justice Department Resists Releasing Records That Could Shed Light on Whether Justice Kagan...

    02/15/2011 9:18:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 14, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete title: Justice Department Resists Releasing Records That Could Shed Light on Whether Justice Kagan Needs to Recuse Herself from Health Care Case ( - The U.S. Justice Department is contesting in federal court a Freedom of Information Act request filed by that seeks department records that could shed light on the question of whether Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan needs to recuse herself from legal challenges to the health-care reform law President Barack Obama signed last March.The case—the Media Research Center v. the U.S. Justice Department—arises from a complaint the Media Research Center filed on Nov. 23, 2010 against the Justice Department...
  • Kagan Says She’ll Hear Health Care Lawsuit

    07/19/2010 12:53:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 19, 2010 | Lee Ross
    In a final bit of written testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on her nomination Tuesday, Elena Kagan indicates that she will not step aside from a case challenging the controversial health care law if she's confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court. Kagan's comments were prompted by a letter sent to her by all seven committee Republicans asking her about her role as Solicitor General in developing a strategy to defend the federal government from a lawsuit—still in its preliminary stages--challenging the health care law that passed earlier this year. It is widely expected that at least...
  • Senate Republicans Demand Answers from Kagan Bearing on Potential Legal Requirement That She

    07/13/2010 2:08:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 13, 2010 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete title: Senate Republicans Demand Answers from Kagan Bearing on Potential Legal Requirement That She Recuse Herself from Obamacare Case ( - All seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter today to Solicitor General Elena Kagan demanding information about whether she at any time as a member of the Obama administration discussed the suit filed by Florida and numerous other states challenging the constitutionality of the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama--an action that under federal law could require Kagan to recuse herself from the case if she is confirmed as a justice and it comes before the...
  • Judges Gone Wild: Michigan defines judicial bias down

    12/26/2009 4:02:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 1,258+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2009
    The fallout is already coming from this year's Supreme Court Caperton decision on judicial bias, and it isn't good. A new rule on judicial recusal in Michigan shows how the decision could expose nearly every judge to charges of prejudice. In Caperton v. Massey, the Supremes set out a new standard requiring judges to recuse themselves if there is a "probability of bias" in a case. That was a marked departure from historical standards, which required a judge to step off primarily when he had a direct financial interest. Under the new rule, created by the Michigan Supreme Court to...
  • Judges and 'Bias': The Supremes trample on state courts.

    06/09/2009 6:37:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 598+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 9, 2009
    The march away from a credible, accountable judiciary took another leap yesterday, as a 5-4 Supreme Court majority gave federal judges unprecedented oversight of state court recusal standards. This is more damaging than it sounds. West Virginia's Massey coal company CEO Don Blankenship spent some $3 million in 2004 on the judicial election of Brent Benjamin to the state Supreme Court of Appeals, including donations to outside groups. When a case involving Massey later came before Judge Benjamin's court and he ruled in favor of Massey, the loser sued and claimed a denial of due process because the judge didn't...
  • (California) State Supreme Court:

    07/02/2006 8:57:03 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 12 replies · 486+ views
    santa cruz sentinel ^ | June 30, 2006 | By GENEVIEVE BOOKWALTER
    June 30, 2006 About half the timber land in Santa Cruz County will remain off limits to loggers after a ruling by the California Supreme Court on Thursday. The 4-3 decision in favor of Santa Cruz County over Davenport-based Big Creek Lumber grants a local government the power to restrict timber operations to certain areas. Historically, logging was under the purview of the state; the court's ruling validates Santa Cruz County's 7-year-old law regulating where trees can and can't be logged.
  • Free to Dissent (Why Justice Scalia need not recuse himself from the Hamdan case)

    03/27/2006 8:58:29 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 548+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2006 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    WHEN IT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN Hamdan v. Rumsfeld this Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Bush administration can try Guantanamo detainees in special military tribunals, or whether the detainees' cases have to be heard in federal court. In the run-up to the hearing, liberal proponents of federal judicial involvement declared their own war--on Justice Scalia's right to participate in the legal debate.It began with a Newsweek report about a speech Scalia delivered on March 8 at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland. (Unfortunately, no transcript of his remarks has been published.) There, Justice Scalia allegedly told attendees that...
  • Independent Legal Analysis Sets Record Straight On Vanguard Case (Alito Recusal)

    11/10/2005 8:37:37 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 356+ views
    Click here to read a letter from Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., a Trustee Professor of Law at the University of PensylvaniaClick here to read a letter from Ronald D. Rotunda, a Professor of Law at George Mason University
  • A Shaky Ethics Charge (Against Roberts in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld)

    09/06/2005 2:31:36 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 492+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 6, 2005 | Ronald D. Rotunda
    Does John Roberts have an ethics problem? Three ethics professors argue that Roberts, whom President Bush has just nominated to be chief justice, should have disqualified himself from a case he helped decide earlier this year while serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which concerns a key issue in the administration's war on terrorism, may be headed for the Supreme Court, and at the time of the appeals court ruling, Roberts was being considered for a vacancy on the high court, though it did not yet exist....
  • Roberts Asked to Explain Lack of Recusal

    08/25/2005 5:36:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,091+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/25/05 | Jesse J. Holland - AP
    WASHINGTON - Two Democratic senators said Wednesday that they want Supreme Court nominee John Roberts to explain before his confirmation hearings why he continued to judge a lawsuit against the Bush administration while being interviewed to be a justice. "It is clear that you have long understood the ethical issues raised by continuing to work on a case in which a party is considering you for another position," Judiciary Committee Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin said in a letter to Roberts. White House spokesman Steve Schmidt said in response that "the opponents of Judge...
  • Election-Year Hunting

    03/30/2004 6:46:22 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 101+ views
    NRO ^ | 3/30/04 | Ronald D. Rotunda
    A short time ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went duck hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney. Many editorial writers are now insisting that Justice Scalia should recuse himself from a pending case in which two public-interest groups are suing Cheney: They want him to turn over the records of the energy task force of which he is a member. Does the law require Justice Scalia to recuse himself? There is a statute on the subject, which lists various grounds for disqualification (e.g., the judge has a financial interest in the case, or the judge served as a lawyer in...
  • Congressmen ask Ginsburg to recuse herself

    03/26/2004 4:52:41 PM PST · by Dubya · 36 replies · 523+ views
    BP NEWS ^ | Mar 26, 2004 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Thirteen members of the House of Representatives have called on Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from any Supreme Court cases involving abortion. The representatives based their request on the associate justice’s recently reported ties to a feminist organization that supports abortion rights, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Ginsburg, an associate justice, spoke in January in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture Series on Women and the Law, which NOW Legal Defense helped sponsor. A photo of Ginsburg with the organization’s president, Kathy Rodgers, is on the homepage of the NOW Legal Defense website. According to the congressional...
  • Republicans Ask Justice Ginsburg to Recuse Herself From Abortion Cases

    03/23/2004 5:13:34 AM PST · by kattracks · 28 replies · 238+ views ^ | 3/23/04 | Melanie Hunter
    ( - A group of Republican congressmen are calling on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from abortion-related cases because of her close ties to NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. In a letter to Ginsburg, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and 12 other Republicans, including Reps. Dave Weldon and Sue Myrick, pointed to a March 11, 2004 LA Times report that said "in January, Ginsburg gave opening remarks for the fourth installment in the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture Series on Women and the Law." "Two weeks earlier," the paper reported, "she had voted in a...
  • Scalia's Smackdown

    03/19/2004 2:25:27 AM PST · by The Raven · 26 replies · 324+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 19, 2004 | editorial
    <p>Our colleagues in the editorial-writing business came in for a pasting yesterday, and we have to say we've rarely enjoyed a Supreme Court memorandum more. Justice Antonin Scalia's memo explaining why he won't recuse himself from a case regarding Vice President Dick Cheney's 2001 energy task force is a smackdown for the ages.</p>
  • GOP Lawmakers Ask Ginsburg to Withdraw from Abortion Cases (USSC justice's pro-abortion bias)

    03/19/2004 3:32:17 AM PST · by Liz · 16 replies · 165+ views
    LOS ANGELES TIMES ^ | 3/19/04 | STAFF
    WASHINGTON — Thirteen Republican members of Congress on Thursday asked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to withdraw from all future cases having to do with abortion because of her affiliation with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. The House lawmakers said in a letter to the liberal justice that they were concerned about her loaning her name and presence to the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by the defense fund, because the fund often files legal briefs in cases before the high court. --SNIP--
  • Scalia Angrily Defends His Duck Hunt With Cheney

    03/18/2004 12:10:02 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 31 replies · 343+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3-18-04 | STEVE TWOMEY
    Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court bluntly rejected demands today that he step aside in a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney, mocking criticism that a duck hunting trip that the two were on together in January indicated possible favoritism for his longtime friend. "If it is reasonable to think that a Supreme Court justice can be bought so cheap, the nation is in deeper trouble than I had imagined," Justice Scalia wrote in a 21-page memorandum bristling with defiance and offering lessons in the ways of Washington. The Sierra Club, which had formally demanded Justice Scalia's...
  • Scalia Rips Sierra Club, Media In Denial Of Sierra Club Motion (Long, Requires PDF Reader)

    03/18/2004 10:35:55 AM PST · by Libertarian444 · 11 replies · 160+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 18, 2004 | Antonin Scalia
    Some highlights: "My recusal would also encourage so-called investigative journalists to suggest improprieties, and demand recusals, for other inappropriate (and increasingly silly) reasons." "When I learned that Sierra Club had filed a recusal motion in this case, I assumed that the motion would be replete with citations of legal authority, and would provide some instances of of cases in which, because of activity similar to what occurred here, Justices have recused themselves or at least have been asked to do so. In fact, however, the motion cites only two Supreme Court cases assertedly relevant to the issue here discussed, and...
  • Scalia Won't Remove Self From Cheney Case

    03/18/2004 8:10:13 AM PST · by The_Victor · 51 replies · 281+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 3/18/04 | GINA HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON - A defiant Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (news - web sites) refused Thursday to remove himself from a case involving his good friend, Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites), dismissing suggestions of a conflict of interest. In an unusual 21-page memorandum, he rejected a request by the Sierra Club (news - web sites). The environmental group said it was improper for Scalia to take a hunting trip with Cheney while the court was considering whether the White House must release information about private meetings of Cheney's energy task force. Scalia said the remote Louisiana hunting camp...
  • 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 ^ | Thursday March 4, 2004
    Daughter's teen pregnancy and failed shotgun marriage played a part in rulingWASHINGTON, March 4, 2004 ( - 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...
  • Recusal from Cheney case up to Scalia, top court says

    03/02/2004 3:08:09 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 131+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/02/04 | Michael Kirkland, UPI
    <p>The Supreme Court yesterday said Justice Antonin Scalia would decide on his own whether to withdraw from a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney.</p> <p>The Sierra Club and Judicial Watch are trying to force Mr. Cheney to release the records of the national energy-policy group, and requested that Justice Scalia recuse himself from the case because he went on a hunting trip with Mr. Cheney one month after the court agreed to hear the case.</p>
  • US Justice Scalia gets Cheney case recusal request

    03/01/2004 10:27:30 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 49 replies · 587+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/1/04
    WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it referred to Justice Antonin Scalia a request that he remove himself from a case about Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force because their recent duck-hunting trip raised questions about his impartiality. The Sierra Club environmental group, which sued Cheney for the task force papers, filed a motion last week asking that Scalia disqualify himself from the case because the January trip had created "an appearance of impropriety." It said Scalia's removal would "restore public confidence in the integrity of our nation's highest court." The justices said...
  • Justice Scalia and Mr. Cheney

    02/28/2004 2:18:59 PM PST · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 223+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 28, 2004
    Justice Antonin Scalia went duck hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney in January, just weeks after the Supreme Court accepted an important case involving Mr. Cheney. There were widespread calls on Justice Scalia to recuse himself, which he refused. Now it turns out that Justice Scalia accepted free air travel from Mr. Cheney, making the case for recusal far stronger. And there are reports of questionable contacts between Justice Scalia and another person with a case before him. In the interest of justice, and of the court's reputation, Justice Scalia should step aside in Mr. Cheney's case. The Supreme Court...
  • Sierra Club May Seek Scalia Recusal in Cheney Case

    02/07/2004 8:09:51 PM PST · by hattend · 14 replies · 140+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sat Feb 7, 9:23 AM ET | Caren Bohan
    Sierra Club May Seek Scalia Recusal in Cheney Case Sat Feb 7, 9:23 AM ET Add U.S. National - Reuters to My Yahoo! By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Sierra Club (news - web sites) environmental group said on Friday it was considering formally asking U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) Justice Antonin Scalia (news - web sites) to recuse himself from a case involving Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites)'s energy task force. AP Photo Cheney and Scalia flew to Louisiana on Jan. 5 to go duck hunting together, and the trip has prompted accusations...
  • Md. High Court Reveals Contact With Fourth Democratic Senator

    05/30/2002 10:41:50 AM PDT · by galethus · 48 replies · 663+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2002 | Daniel LeDuc and Lori Montgomery
    Maryland's highest court yesterday revealed that a fourth Democratic senator contacted a judge about legislative redistricting, broadening a controversy over the political map that will define State House elections for the next decade. [SNIP] Yesterday, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell said he had "overlooked" yet another contact: a March 8 meeting with Senate Majority Leader Clarence W. Blount ([D] Baltimore).