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  • The Vindication of John Roberts

    11/19/2014 5:12:10 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/19/2014 | Gene Schwimmer
    At the time of this writing, six “Gruber videos” have been released and “gone viral,” as they say in YouTube land. These are the videos of course, in which “Obamacare architect” Jonathan Gruber lets the cat out of the bag on the process of enacting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, aka The Greatest Consumer Fraud Perpetrated on the American People, Ever. Of the many Gruber quotes burning up the internet, I was especially struck by this one, to which Charles Krauthammer refers in a recent article: Gruber said, the bill’s authors manipulated the nonpartisan Congressional Budget...
  • Scalia accuses fellow justices of discriminating against pro-lifers

    06/27/2014 8:36:32 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller/Fox News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    While Thursday’s ruling overturning buffer zones outside abortion clinics pleased pro-life activists, Justice Antonin Scalia thinks it didn’t go far enough. The court unanimously agreed that the Massachusetts law, which barred protesters and counselors from being within 35 feet of abortion clinics, violated the First Amendment, but denied that it unfairly discriminated against abortion opponents. “Today’s opinion carries forward this Court’s practice of giving abortion-rights advocates a pass when it comes to suppressing the free-speech rights of their opponents,” wrote Justice Antonin Scalia, with whom Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas concurred. “There is an entirely separate, abridged edition of...
  • Why the Roberts Court Is Less Conservative Than You Think

    06/27/2014 6:43:51 AM PDT · by koanhead · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/25/14 | Doug Kendall and Brannie Gorod
    The Roberts Court certainly seems like a conservative juggernaut. And, yes, from campaign finance to race to religion, it has moved the law dramatically to the right. But Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on cell-phone privacy shows that this isn't the entire story. In a number of significant areas of law, a majority of the Roberts Court will line up behind rulings that are not so much conservative as libertarian, often with a surprisingly progressive bent. That is certainly true of Riley v. California, in which Chief Justice John Roberts, on behalf of his unanimous colleagues, concluded Wednesday that police may...
  • Eric Holder: Chief Justice John Roberts Is Wrong On Race

    05/19/2014 8:09:36 AM PDT · by blam · 50 replies
    BI ^ | 5-19-2014 | Sahil Kapur
    Sahil KapurMay 19, 2014, 8:13 AM U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks on stage during the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, California August 12, 2013 In a rare move, Attorney General Eric Holder took direct aim at U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on issues of race during a commencement speech Saturday. "Chief Justice John Roberts has argued that the path to ending racial discrimination is to give less consideration to the issue of race altogether. This presupposes that racial discrimination is at a sufficiently low ebb that it doesn’t need to be actively confronted," Holder...
  • The Ghost and John Roberts: The Plot Thickens on the Obamacare Decision

    02/05/2014 7:59:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Bill Dunne
    The chief justice must have "gone off his meds." No, it was blackmail. No, it was cowardice. He caved. It was a perverse abdication of his fundamental responsibility. Those are some of the many disputations that came in to American Thinker regarding my exploration of another possible explanation for why Chief Justice John Roberts chose, astonishingly, to keep the "Affordable Care Act" alive and kicking.("The Roberts Trap Is Sprung", American Thinker, Jan. 2) Of the nearly 680 comments, roughly four out of five were against the thesis I advanced, which is that Roberts ruled as he did because he foresaw...
  • Why John Roberts (Likely) Is Protecting Obamacare

    01/12/2014 12:37:25 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 108 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Kevin "Coach" Collins
    On Monday, without comment (because he could not make a coherent one), Chief Justice John Roberts denied a request by the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA for a stay in the implementation of Obamacare. The groups had made their application last Friday, arguing that since the bill had been declared a tax by the Supreme Court (with Justice Roberts himself the deciding vote), and it had originated in the Senate (the Constitution says revenue bills may not originate), the law was therefore unconstitutional; and implementation of Obamacare should at least be stayed...
  • Roberts protects Obamacare again

    01/07/2014 8:54:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies ^ | January 7, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors' request to block implementation of the nation's new health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural Health USA.
  • The Roberts Trap Is Sprung

    01/03/2014 4:49:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 202 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2014 | Bill Dunne
    One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling. Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton's chance to live in the White House again. The chief justice, an appointee of President George W. Bush and reputedly a constitutionalist in his jurisprudence, set his diabolical trap (diabolical to Democrats) on June 28, 2012, when he joined with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Conservatives and Republicans across the...
  • Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg to Officiate Gay Wedding

    09/01/2013 7:24:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/31/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    On Saturday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court justice to officiate a gay wedding ceremony. She will wed Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and John Roberts (an economist, not her colleague Chief Justice John Roberts, no relation). "I think it will be one more statement that people who love each other and want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in the marriage relationship," Ginsburg said, according to The Washington Post. The wedding will take place at the...
  • Ginsburg will be first justice (of the Supreme Court) to officiate same-sex wedding

    08/30/2013 6:44:49 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday August 30 2013 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court member to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony Saturday when she officiates at the Washington wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser. The gala wedding of Kaiser and economist John Roberts at the performing arts center brings together the nation’s highest court and the capital’s high society and will mark a new milepost in recognition of same-sex unions. Such marriages were virtually unheard of a little more than a decade ago but now are legal in the nation’s capital, 13 states and in all or part of 17 other countries....
  • John Roberts Was Wrong, and Here's Why

    08/09/2013 7:14:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/09/2013 | Elise Cooper
    Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) recently wrote a book, "Why John Roberts Was Wrong About Healthcare", which is an excellent and compelling read. Besides providing a gripping argument as to why Justice Roberts was wrong on the ObamaCare ruling, Lee also gives an excellent history and background on the Court and the health care decision itself. American Thinker had the privilege of interviewing the Senator about his book and ObamaCare. His two main arguments in the book point out how ObamaCare has made federalism extravagant and that there appears to no longer be a separation of power among branches. Senator Lee...
  • Vetoing Democracy: Justice Roberts’s clumsy opinion threatens the initiative process in 26 states

    06/27/2013 8:18:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/27/2013 | John Fund
    Chief Justice John Roberts has done it again. His twisted reasoning in last year’s Obamacare ruling wasn’t the only unpleasant surprise he’s sprung on supporters of the rule of law. His majority 5-to-4 opinion in California’s Proposition 8 case — throwing the issue back to California because plaintiffs lacked standing to argue in his court — is as bizarre as his Obamacare decision. His opinion was joined by an ideological tossed salad of justices that ranged from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Antonin Scalia. But the fact that its list of supporters is unusual doesn’t mean it won’t present real problems...
  • Roberts Blows Gay Marriage (Roberts, Not Kennedy Was Critical Here)

    06/26/2013 1:19:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 121 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.26.13 | F.H. BUCKLEY
    SNIP But that’s not how they came out. The liberal wing of the Court plus Kennedy struck down DOMA, with Roberts dissenting on the issue of standing to sue. Then the Court punted on Prop 8, holding that the plaintiffs (hey, they weren’t a gay couple) didn’t have standing. On the standing issue Kennedy and Roberts were consistent. Kennedy didn’t see a standing problem in either case, Roberts did. Both cases were 5-4. I don’t have the second case in front of me but here’s what I think explains what happened. The liberal wing, voting strategically, didn’t see a standing...
  • Was Justice Roberts Intimidated Into Voting for ‘ObamaCare’? Senator Mike Lee Presents the Evidence

    06/18/2013 12:35:13 PM PDT · by maggief · 128 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 18, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    EXCERPT Lee’s argument is not based on the NSA or its monitoring of the nation’s communication. Rather, Lee said, there are indications that Roberts originally intended to vote against the act, but that a public “campaign of intimidation” made him change his mind. First, the senator claimed “the opinion was written in a way to suggest he switched his vote,” and that the dissenting opinion reads like it was originally written as the majority. He added that several news outlets reported that Roberts did change his vote, based on insider information. Not only that, he said, but the court performed...
  • Did the Obama regime blackmail John Roberts to change his Obamacare decision?

    06/10/2013 12:44:11 PM PDT · by TheMantis · 86 replies
    Examiner ^ | 6/10/2013 | Robert Elliott
    During their discussion, Mr. Beck raised an intriguing possibility: Was Chief Justice John Roberts blackmailed by the Obama regime into changing his ruling on Obamacare at the last minute? Given what he knows about the NSA, Mr. Binney couldn't rule such a thing out.
  • Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Should and Likely Will Let the People Decide

    04/07/2013 6:21:01 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 12 replies
    Times Square Gossip ^ | April 7, 2013 | Brian Woodward
    The Obama Administration’s argument failed to persuade anyone. The only thing the high court seemed to agree unanimously on was that no one considered the Obama Administration’s stance on the issue convincing. The administration’s brief calls “for the nullification of the gay marriage bans now in place in California and the seven other states that forbid gay marriage while allowing civil unions.” Essentially this position asserts that for those states which allow civil unions they will be forced to grant full marriage. It takes no position on states that have no benefits for same-sex couples. Several Justices vehemently challenged the...
  • Alan Dershowitz: Chief Justice Roberts Voted For Obamacare To Get 'Street Cred' (Video)

    11/21/2012 7:28:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2012 | Abby Rogers
    Even though Obamacare was decided months ago, pundits are still dissecting the court's actions. CNN's top legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and famed lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz sat down on Friday at New York's 92nd Street Y to debate why Chief Justice John Roberts used his deciding vote to pass President Barack Obama's controversial health care law. And, according to Dershowitz, Roberts did it just so he could side with Republicans from now on without getting called out for being too conservative. "Roberts is very political," Dershowitz said in the interview, posted by Above The Law. "And what he did...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia on Q & A (Live on C-Span at 8PM EST tonight)

    07/29/2012 4:54:29 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 15 replies
    C-Span ^ | 7/29/12 | Justice Antonin Scalia
    This week on Q & A, our guest is Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • Gallup: Republicans Turn Against John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court (Dems now positive about both)

    07/16/2012 5:37:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/16/2012 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts are now much more negative than they were seven years ago, with the most recent reading coming soon after he joined the four Democratic appointees on the court to uphold the U.S. healthcare law. Republicans' favorable rating of Roberts is down 40 percentage points from 2005, while Democrats' is up 19. Gallup did not measure Americans' opinions of Roberts between September 2005 and the most recent survey, conducted July 9-12. It is a reasonable assumption, however, that a good deal of the shift in attitudes occurred as...
  • Poll: Chief Justice Roberts’s standing falls sharply among GOP (27%)

    07/16/2012 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 18 replies ^ | July 16 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Americans have a more unfavorable view of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts than they did seven years earlier, according to a new poll, which finds his support among Republicans, in particular, having eroded sharply. Among Republicans, Roberts's drop has been more drastic. Sixty-seven percent of Republicans had a favorable view of Roberts in 2005, a figure which plummets 40 points to 27 percent in the 2012 survey. Four percent had an unfavorable view of the chief justice in 2005, jumping to 44 percent in the new poll.
  • ObamaCare Lost on the Medicaid Mandate & Commerce Power. It May Yet Lose on the Tax Power.

    07/14/2012 8:00:08 PM PDT · by hripka · 16 replies
    Cato at Liberty ^ | 6/29/2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    Supporters of the Obama health law are incorrectly reading the Supreme Court’s ruling as a victory. First, the ruling severely limited the Obama health law’s Medicaid expansion, effectively giving states the green light to refuse to expand their Medicaid programs. Coupled with the fact that the statute already enables states to block the other half-trillion dollars of new entitlement spending, the law is in a very precarious position. Second, the Court ruled 5-4 that the individual mandate is not a legitimate use of the Commerce Power. That too is a defeat for the government, even if it is of no...
  • Ancient Wisdom Declares Obamacare Ruling Worse Than Even Obamacare

    07/05/2012 6:43:52 PM PDT · by billflax · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/05/2012 | Bill Flax
    “A republic, if you can keep it.” Ben Franklin Masked by chatter around judicial wrangling, electoral ramifications and how the surprising Obamacare decision impacts policy, many miss the wretched significance of Chief Justice Roberts’ twisted logic. He has empowered runaway government certain to incite chaos. The Affordable Care Act reflects the logical continuation of a decades-long drift toward domineering by Washington over every facet of life. Not logical as in likely to succeed. Few government initiatives do. But logical because rather than scuttle past failures, subsequent congresses spawn new efforts to offset what prior funding merely squandered. Taxpayers already footed...
  • John Roberts Makes His Career Move

    07/03/2012 4:39:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | July 3, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    For John Roberts, it is Palm Sunday. Out of relief and gratitude for his having saved Obamacare, he is being compared to John Marshall and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Liberal commentators are burbling that his act of statesmanship has shown us the way to the sunny uplands of a new consensus. If only Republicans will follow Roberts' bold and brave example, and agree to new revenues, the dark days of partisan acrimony and tea party intransigence could be behind us. Yet imagine if Justice Stephen Breyer had crossed over from the liberal bench to join Antonin Scalia, Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts Does It Again!

    07/02/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies ^ | July 2, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    I was just on the Glen Beck show on GBTV and had occasion to note that Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion in the Obamacare case was familiar to me. It turns out that Roberts adopted a similar activist rewriting of the parties’ arguments in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder. Most people just call it the “MUD” case, but it provides some clarity about what happened last week in the Obamacare ruling. In MUD, a small utility district in Texas was challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. (Shelby County Alabama and Texas are currently doing...
  • Court ruling could widen health coverage disparities among states

    06/29/2012 4:14:09 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 28, 2012 | Noam Levey
    President Obama, in his drive for a national healthcare overhaul, strove to provide a new guarantee that all Americans, no matter where they lived, would have basic protection against sickness and disease, ending decades of variations among states. ..... < snip > Under the court's ruling, states will be free to decide not to cover all their poor residents through their Medicaid programs.That may mean liberal states that have embraced the healthcare law such as California, Massachusetts and Maryland will in 2014 effectively offer all their residents health coverage, a key goal of the law Obama signed two years ago....
  • Laurence Tribe: I think my former student, John Roberts, will vote to uphold ObamaCare [VIDEO]

    06/28/2012 12:52:50 PM PDT · by Third Person · 8 replies ^ | June 26, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Via the Examiner, I’ve been looking for tea leaves for you all day but this, unfortunately, is the best I can do. I don’t even regard it as tea leaves: I think Tribe is just pre-spinning the outcome so that, if the mandate is struck down, he can call Roberts a disappointment who betrayed his education in a fit of ideological pique, etc etc etc. But we’re starving for insight and this is, in its own lame way, an insight into Roberts’s thinking. As is this: Eastman, a critic of the health care law, said he wouldn’t be surprised to...
  • Bad news from Politico columnist: Our Supreme Court has lost its honor

    06/27/2012 8:46:39 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:05 pm on June 27, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Just a little preemptive strike from the left on the eve of the big announcement. If the mandate goes, you’ll be slogging through concern-troll sewage like this for the next week. Might as well put your hip-waders on now. This is the same guy, by the way, who once dismissed scientific polling as tantamount to “magic.” For much of modern times, the court has been seen as being above politics. This was very important as a balance to its vast power. Even though justices were appointed by political presidents and approved by political senators, their own politics was to be...
  • Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War

    06/28/2012 12:15:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 99 replies
    Slate Scocca ^ | 28 June 2012 | Tom
    The chief justice’s canny move to uphold the Affordable Care Act while gutting the Commerce Clause. The scholars expected to see the court gut existing Commerce Clause ... Roberts was smarter than that. By ruling that the individual mandate was permissible as a tax, he joined the Democratic appointees to uphold the law—while joining the Republican wing to gut the Commerce Clause (and push back against the necessary-and-proper clause as well). Here's the Chief Justice's opinion (italics in original): Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and...
  • John Roberts, evil genius

    06/28/2012 11:50:49 AM PDT · by nerdgirl · 181 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 6/28/2012 | Robert E. Malchman
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts is an evil genius. The ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act is, on its face, a win for President Obama both because the media are saying it is and because it is the signature piece of legislation of his first term. But it may turn out to be a pyrrhic victory, as Roberts accomplished numerous, subtle victories for conservative Republicans. Read more:
  • Conservatives turn on Roberts

    06/28/2012 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 118 replies
    Salon ^ | 6-28-12 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Conservative Chief John Roberts single-handedly saved Obamacare today, siding with the liberal bloc of the Supreme Court to uphold the law, even though more moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy led the dissent. The steps of the Supreme Court this morning were packed with conservatives deeply disappointed by the ruling and hurt by the apparent betrayal of one of their own. ”I think a lot of Chief Justice Roberts. I think his whole history of jurisprudence is deserving of respect from this country — up to, and not necessarily including, this opinion today,” Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, told Salon....
  • Pelosi sees Roberts helping uphold U.S. healthcare law

    06/27/2012 4:48:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2012 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to announce a decision on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, one of the legislation's chief supporters predicted that it would be upheld by a 6-3 vote. Nancy Pelosi, the House of Representatives' Democratic leader, said she can see Chief Justice John Roberts siding with Obama in an anticipated divided Supreme Court ruling on Thursday. "I believe 6-3," Pelosi told the Reuters Washington Summit on Wednesday. She reasoned that a decision upholding the law would require the support of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate conservative who often controls the outcome of...
  • Laurence Tribe: I think my former student, John Roberts, will vote to uphold ObamaCare

    06/27/2012 8:28:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via the Examiner, I've been looking for tea leaves for you all day but this, unfortunately, is the best I can do. I don't even regard it as tea leaves: I think Tribe is just pre-spinning the outcome so that, if the mandate is struck down, he can call Roberts a disappointment who betrayed his education in a fit of ideological pique, etc etc etc. But we're starving for insight and this is, in its own lame way, an insight into Roberts' thinking. As is this: Eastman, a critic of the health care law, said he wouldnÂ’t be surprised to...
  • Politico Warns Chief Justice Roberts

    06/26/2012 11:38:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    Rush ^ | June 26, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Politico has a story today warning John Roberts: "You can be lionized and be the biggest hero in this town, or we can make your life miserable. It's up to you." Now, those are my words, but that's the point of the Politico story: You can be the biggest, most prominent, most loved and revered chief justice in the history of chief justices, or you can be dirt. It's up to you, judge. He's supposed to swing Obamacare. Exactly right. I've got that story in the stack here. I'm getting way ahead of myself here. I...
  • Chief Justice Roberts backs Obama in Arizona immigration ruling

    06/25/2012 4:23:29 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    [June 25, 2012] Chief Justice Roberts backs Obama in Arizona immigration ruling WASHINGTON, Jun 25, 2012 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Helping drive (albeit from the back seat) the Supreme Court toward what amounted to a victory for the Obama administration in the Arizona immigration case was a man often seen as one of Obama's chief antagonists at the court -- Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • Obama May Be In Deep Trouble – With Chief Justice John Roberts

    05/23/2012 7:55:28 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 46 replies
    Patriot Army of America ^ | May 23, 2012 | Posted by luchadora41
    Ever since Obama assumed the office of President, critics have hammered him on a number of Constitutional issues. Critics have complained that much, if not all of Obama’s major initiatives run headlong into Constitutional roadblocks on the power of the federal government. Obama certainly did not help himself in the eyes of the Court when he used the venue of the State of the Union address early in the year to publicly flog the Court over its ruling that the First Amendment grants the right to various organizations to run political ads during the time of an election. The tongue-lashing...
  • Justices poised to strike down entire healthcare law

    03/28/2012 9:44:18 AM PDT · by Bill Buckner · 322 replies
    Fox43 ^ | March 28, 2012 | By David G. Savage
    The court’s conservatives sounded as though they had determined for themselves that the 2,700-page measure must be declared unconstitutional. "One way or another, Congress will have to revisit it in toto," said Justice Antonin Scalia. Agreeing, Justice Anthony Kennedy said it would be an "extreme proposition" to allow the various insurance regulations to stand after the mandate was struck down. Meanwhile, the court's liberal justices argued for restraint. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the court should do a "salvage job," not undertake a “wrecking operation." But she looked to be out-voted. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel...
  • Alito to Verrilli: Is it a tax or isn't it?

    03/26/2012 11:03:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 27+ views
    Justice Samuel Alito was back in his skeptical mode today, chiding the Obama administration for — in his view — trying to have it both ways on whether the individual mandate penalty is a tax. The same justice who shook his head at President Barack Obama during the 2010 State of the Union address, appearing to mouth the words “not true” when Obama criticized the Citizens United decision, gave Solicitor General Donald Verrilli a hard time Monday about the administration’s views on the mandate penalty: JUSTICE ALITO: General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax....
  • Analysis: Two justices may decide fate of Obama healthcare law

    08/15/2011 4:54:58 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    reuters ^ | Aug. 15, 2011 | James Vicini
    (Reuters) - The legal fate of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law will likely come down to two Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court -- Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. That would be a familiar role for Kennedy, a moderate conservative who often has cast the decisive vote on the most contentious issues before the nine-member high court divided between conservative and liberal factions.
  • Franken takes on Roberts court

    06/29/2010 7:36:05 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 64 replies ^ | 6/28/10 | Jeremy Herb
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken used his opening remarks at Solicitor General Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearing to take sharp aim at what he says is an activist tilt by the high court. "There is such a thing as legislating from the bench," said Franken, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee in charge of the hearing. "And it is practiced repeatedly by the [Chief Justice John] Roberts court, where it has cut in only one direction: in favor of powerful corporate interests, and against the rights of individual Americans." U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who also sits on the committee,...
  • Supreme Court Bans Life Sentences For Minors In Non-Homicide Cases

    05/17/2010 10:37:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 495+ views
    Talk Radio News ^ | 05/17/2010 | Jay Goodman Tamboli
    The Supreme Court ruled today that juvenile criminals cannot be sentenced to life in prison without parole except in homicide cases. Though 37 states, the District of Columbia, and federal law allow judges to impose life sentences without parole on juveniles, the Court noted that only 109 people were currently serving life terms for crimes committed while they were minors. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, relied heavily on Roper v. Simmons, the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision forbidding the death penalty for minors. Kennedy wrote that no theory of punishment justified locking up a minor for his or her...
  • Should There Be Affirmative Action For Protestants On The Supreme Court?

    05/10/2010 10:39:34 AM PDT · by pinochet · 34 replies · 847+ views
    If Elena Kagan is confirmed on the Supreme Court, there will be no Protestants on the Supreme Court, for the first time in American history. The majority of white Americans, as well as the majority of blacks, are Protestants. Evangelical Protestantism is the fastest growing religion in America, and is attracting large numbers of formerly Catholic Hispanics. America was founded as a European Protestant Civilization, and about 70 percent of Americans can loosely be defined as Protestants. At the time of the American Revolution, about 95 percent of Whites in America were Protestants. I am a Catholic, but some of...
  • After years as justice, John Paul Stevens wants what's 'best for the court'

    04/03/2010 4:06:27 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 1,538+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, April 3, 2010 | Robert Barnes
    Around here, one of the most powerful men in the nation is known as plain old John Stevens -- courteous bridge player, early-morning regular at the country club's tennis courts, a quiet and spry condo neighbor who checks his weight in the gym before heading off for his daily swim. But those who cross paths with him in his second home of South Florida have the same question as the president of the United States, the leadership of Congress, the abortion rights combatants, the disgruntled conservative legal activists and the grateful civil libertarians,
  • LAMBRO: Roberts For The Defense

    03/12/2010 6:20:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies · 399+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2010 | Donald Lambro
    When President Obama turned his State of the Union address into an attack on the Supreme Court's ruling that ended the ban against corporate spending for political campaigns, the justices had to sit there motionless while encircled by Democratic lawmakers who cheered the president's scolding. Judicial scholars could not recall a president "taking a swipe" at the justices, as one of them put it, in such a venue, at least not since President Franklin D. Roosevelt did it in his 1937 address before he tried to pack the court with more liberals to rule in favor of his unconstitutional New...
  • Roberts: Scene at State of Union `very troubling'

    03/09/2010 3:06:36 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 64 replies · 1,673+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 9, 2010 | Jay Reeves
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama's State of the Union address was "very troubling" and the annual speech has "degenerated to a political pep rally." Obama chided the court, with the justices seated before him in their black robes, for its decision on a campaign finance case. Responding to a University of Alabama law student's question, Roberts said anyone was free to criticize the court, and some have an obligation to do so because of their positions. "So I have no problems with that," he said. "On the other hand, there is...
  • 'Very Troubling': Chief Justice on Obama's Court Criticism to Joint Session of Congress

    03/09/2010 6:36:44 PM PST · by kristinn · 146 replies · 5,866+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm
    Some firm and unequivocal pushback today by Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to President Obama's court criticism in January. It is not at all unusual in American history for the executive branch of the federal government (the White House, under the control of either party) to disagree with the judicial branch (Supreme Court). What is considerably more unusual is for the chief executive of the executive branch (Barack Obama) to look down on the members of said Supreme Court in public at a joint session of Congress and to their faces denounce their independent actions. And then...
  • 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. 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.
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Considering step down

    03/04/2010 9:51:46 AM PST · by proudtobeanamerican1 · 11 replies · 1,424+ views
    Radaronline ^ | 03-04-2010 | Radaronline
    John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, is seriously considering stepping down from the nation’s highest court for personal reasons, has learned exclusively. Roberts, known for his conservative judicial philosophy, has served on the Supreme Court since 2005, having been nominated by President George W. Bush after the death of former Chief William Rehnquist. has been told that Roberts, 55, could announce his decision at any time. The decision paves the way for President Barack Obama to make his second appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court following his first, Sonia Sotomayor.
  • EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Considering Stepping Down

    03/04/2010 9:51:57 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 59 replies · 4,385+ views
    John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, is seriously considering stepping down from the nation’s highest court for personal reasons, has learned exclusively. has been told that Roberts, 55, could announce his decision at any time. The decision paves the way for President Barack Obama to make his second appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court following his first, Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Court refuses to stop DC's gay marriage law

    03/02/2010 3:11:30 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 516+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2010 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block the District of Columbia's gay marriage law, freeing the city to issue its first marriage licenses to same-sex couples the following day. Opponents of gay marriage in the nation's capital had asked Chief Justice John Roberts to stop the city from issuing the licenses on Wednesday while they appealed. They argued that D.C. voters should have been allowed to vote on the issue. Local courts have rejected the opponents' arguments. "It has been the practice of the court to defer to the decisions of the courts of the District of...
  • Some See Opening for 'Roe' Overturn in New Court Ruling

    01/29/2010 4:22:37 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 848+ views
    NC Register ^ | January 29, 2010 | CARLOS BRICEŃO
    The U.S. Supreme Court justices gather for an official picture at the court in Washington Sept. 29. Seated in the front row are, left to right, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas, and in the back row are Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week was seen as encouraging for the pro-life movement in two ways. Though the case had nothing to do with abortion, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a...