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  • Obama nominates CIA watchdog to fill long vacancy

    06/16/2016 7:47:43 PM PDT · by Fedora · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2016 | Julian Hattern
    President Obama on Thursday nominated a former CIA officer and longtime lawyer who examined missteps in U.S. intelligence to be the spy agency’s next inspector general, hoping to fill a position at the watchdog office that’s been vacant for more than a year. If confirmed by the Senate, Shirley Woodward would fill the role left empty since David Buckley stepped down from in January 2015, on the heels of a landmark determination that CIA officials had gained unauthorized access to Senate computer files. Lawmakers called the episode a potential violation of constitutional separation of powers, and the spat led to...
  • Sister of former Supreme Court Justice O'Connor killed in Arizona car crash

    05/08/2016 7:12:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | May 8, 2016
    The sister of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was killed in a car accident Saturday in Arizona. Pima County sheriff’s spokesman Ryan Inglett said Ann Day, 77, suffered fatal injuries after her vehicle was struck by two other cars near Tucson. Day was a former Arizona Republican state senator and Pima County supervisor. Day was driving eastbound on Ina Road around 7:40 a.m. when an oncoming car crossed the median. Day’s vehicle was struck head-on, Inglett said. A truck traveling behind Day then rear-ended her. She was alone in the vehicle. Paramedics transported Day to the hospital, where...
  • Reagan Rediscovered

    06/08/2004 3:25:08 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 8 replies · 170+ views
    TAS ^ | 6/8/2004 | Paul M. Weyrich
    WASHINGTON -- This may shock you. During the eight years of the Reagan Presidency I was not his biggest fan. I looked not so much at what he accomplished but what he didn't accomplish. My expectations were that government would get smaller under President Reagan. It didn't. I was disappointed. I looked at the agencies left in place -- the National Endowment for the Arts, the Legal Services Corporation (which has done so much damage) and A.I.D. -- and I felt that the Reagan Administration did not make a real effort to curtail them. I was disappointed. Also there was...
  • A new gun rights issue arises (NY)

    02/01/2013 7:13:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    SCOTUSBLOG ^ | January 29th, 2013 | Lyle Denniston
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, sitting temporarily on a federal appeals court, suggested in an opinion on Tuesday (PDF)that it might be unconstitutional for a state to deny handgun licenses to individuals who have only temporary homes in the state, when they want a gun to protect their home there. And, in discussing the need for care about gun safety, the O’Connor opinion cited the Newtown school childrens’ massacre as a reason to keep guns out of the “wrong hands.” The comments came as she wrote for a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court, as it asked...
  • How O'Connor Got Job

    07/05/2005 5:52:20 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 15 replies · 1,359+ views ^ | 07-05-05 | Farah, Joseph
    How O'Connor got job -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: July 5, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Sandra Day O'Connor is stepping down as a Supreme Court justice after 24 years, and most Americans still have no idea how she got the job in the first place. She got it through deception. She fooled President Reagan into thinking she was a supporter of the Constitution as written, and she did it with the help of a conservative Republican icon named Kenneth Starr. Starr is best known as the independent counsel who investigated Bill Clinton's crimes as president. As such, he set himself...
  • EDITORIAL: Justice shouldn't be political--Sandra Day O'Connor crosses the line

    10/28/2010 5:29:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2010 | Editorial
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has violated the Code of Conduct for United States judges. She should resign from her position as a roving judge on "senior status." If she doesn't resign, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. - at whose sole discretion she serves as a "pinch hitter" on lower federal courts - should no longer designate her for such duties. In a controversial case Tuesday before a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Mrs. O'Connor provided the deciding vote in a 2-1 decision to throw out Arizona's requirement that new voter registrants provide...
  • Effort Begun to Abolish the Election of Judges (Sandra Day O'Connor)

    12/23/2009 5:45:14 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies · 1,138+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2009 | John Schwartz
    A group of judges, political officials and lawyers, led by the retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has begun a campaign to persuade states to choose judges on the basis of merit, rather than their ability to win an election. As a state legislator in the 1970s, Justice O’Connor helped Arizona create a merit selection system for judges. She is now chairwoman of the O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative, announced this month by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, to help make judges more than “politicians in robes,” as she has...
  • Property Rights Are No Slam-Dunk

    12/03/2009 5:44:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,013+ views ^ | December 3, 209 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Eminent Domain: Four years after the Supreme Court told a Connecticut homeowner that no one's house is safe from developers, Brooklyn homeowners may lose their homes to a pro basketball team. On June 3, 2005, by a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively repealed the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, deciding that your constitutional right to be secure in your home didn't matter if your state or community decided your property could produce more revenue as a shopping mall or condominium development. Pfizer coveted Susette Kelo's working-class neighborhood for an office park and condominium complex. The city fathers...
  • Supremely Poignant: Sandra Day O'Connor Blesses Alzheimer Hubby's Affair

    11/14/2007 10:52:46 AM PST · by dead · 72 replies · 143+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/12/07 | Hasani Gittens
    The retired Supreme Court justice's spouse, John O'Connor, has had Alzheimer's disease for 17 years, and after moving into an assisted-living center in Phoenix, he began a romance with a fellow patient also suffering from the mind-debilitating ailment. But the justice isn't jealous - the O'Connor family believes the love has given John, 77, a new lease on life. "Mom was thrilled that dad was relaxed and happy and comfortable living here and wasn't complaining," their son Scott O'Connor, 50, told Phoenix's KPNX-TV. Scott said that when his father recently arrived at the Huger Mercy Living Center, he was depressed....
  • Ignorance threatens judicial independence, former justice says

    07/24/2007 6:15:10 AM PDT · by indcons · 21 replies · 539+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Associated Press
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Judicial independence is under attack from voters and politicians who don't understand that court rulings must be based on the law instead of what is popular. That's according to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She spoke today in Traverse City during the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. O'Connor urged the governors to push for improved civics instruction in public schools. She said assaults on judicial authority have surfaced around the country. They include efforts to strip the courts of jurisdiction over certain types of cases. O'Connor warned that American democracy will...
  • [Sandra Day] O'Connor: Attacks on judges 'appalling'

    06/02/2007 8:58:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 109 replies · 2,465+ views ^ | Fri June 1, 2007 | unattributed
    Recent attacks on "activist judges" by legislative bodies could be putting the concept of an independent judiciary at risk, retired Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said Friday. "These are appalling times," O'Connor told a crowd of 700 during a moderated discussion about her career at the University of Tulsa. "There is so much rancor and dislike going on." O'Connor asked the crowd if it heard of the attacks on so-called "godless, secular humanist, activist judges," and cited cases in several states where people attempted to introduce ballot measures that would toss judges in jail for making the wrong...
  • Retired Justice, Active-Duty Chicken Little [Justice O'Connor w Chris Wallace]

    05/21/2007 5:17:20 AM PDT · by syriacus · 20 replies · 810+ views
    Bench Memos on National Review Online ^ | May 20, 2007 | Matthew J. Franck
    In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this morning, retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor continued her pet campaign of persuading Americans to stop chafing under the yoke of judicial supremacy. Convinced, for some odd reason, that "in many, if not most, high schools today, civics education is no longer required," Justice O'Connor plans to lend her name to a website that would instruct young people that they do not really govern themselves—judges do: Indeed, when we got a Bill of Rights giving every citizen the right to due process of law, to freedom of speech, and freedom...
  • Now she tells us

    11/25/2006 12:34:51 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 1,128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2006 | By Paul Greenberg
    The latest critic of a Supreme Court ruling turns out to be the justice who supplied the key vote in its favor: Sandra Day O'Connor. Addressing a legal conference in Texas, the former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had some second thoughts about her opinion in Minnesota v. White back in 2002, which struck down that state's restrictions on judges' expressing their political views in campaigns for the bench. The case was decided 5 to 4, and Justice O'Connor's concurring opinion made all the difference. Renowned in her time on the court as its swing vote, she's now...
  • A justice gets her swing back

    11/24/2006 4:40:42 PM PST · by flixxx · 16 replies · 859+ views ^ | 11 24 06 | Paul Greenberg
    The latest critic of a Supreme Court ruling turns out to be the justice who supplied the key vote in its favor: Sandra Day O'Connor. Addressing a legal conference in Texas, the former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had some second thoughts about her opinion in Minnesota v. White back in 2002, which struck down that state's restrictions on judges' expressing their political views in campaigns for the bench. The case was decided 5 to 4, and Justice O'Connor's concurring opinion made all the difference. Renowned in her time on the court as its swing vote, she's now...
  • The New Face Of America's Highest Court (Sandra Day O'Connor Op-Ed)

    05/01/2006 1:32:54 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 1,236+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | May 1, 2006 | Sandra Day O'Connor
     The stars must have been aligned that January morning in 1955 when John G. Roberts Jr. was born in Buffalo, N.Y., because almost everything thereafter led him straight to the Supreme Court of the U.S. He graduated from Harvard College, then excelled at Harvard Law School as well as in his work at the U.S. Attorney General's office. It was there that our paths first crossed, for he helped prepare briefing papers for my confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court in 1981. He was later a successful litigator and partner at the Washington firm of Hogan & Hartson. He argued...
  • 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...