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  • 'Right To Bear Arms' Means Just That

    03/03/2010 4:48:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 1,891+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Otis McDonald, 76, stands before the Supreme Court, which Tuesday heard arguments in his suit to overturn Chicago's handgun ban Gun Rights: Otis McDonald, 76, an Army vet who lives in a high-crime area of Chicago, thinks the Constitution gives him the right to bear arms to protect himself and his wife as he protected his country. We think so too. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on behalf of four Chicago residents led by homeowner McDonald, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association to overturn Chicago's three-decade-old ban on owning handguns. In a 5-4...
  • Antonin Scalia: No right to secede

    02/17/2010 9:08:09 AM PST · by Palter · 276 replies · 4,041+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 Feb 2010 | Robert Barnes
    Is there a right to secede from the Union, or did the Civil War settle that? Certain Tea Partiers have raised the possibility of getting out while the getting's good, setting off a round of debate on legal blogs. The more cerebral theorists at the smart legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy question whether such a right exists. Enter a New York personal injury lawyer, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The lawyer, Eric Turkewitz, says his brother Dan, a screenwriter, put just such a question to all of the Supreme Court justices in 2006 -- he was working on an...
  • Which Supreme Court Justice are you?

    01/24/2010 6:02:41 PM PST · by Tarkin · 120 replies · 2,164+ views
    See which SCOTUS Justice has an ideology that is closest to your own.
  • Antonin Scalia vs. John Paul Stevens

    01/23/2010 3:00:57 AM PST · by free1977free · 54 replies · 1,478+ views
    Counting the majority opinion and the various partial concurrences and dissents, today’s landmark First Amendment decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission clocks in a hefty 183-pages. But one thing that jumped right out while reading the dissent (it’s also a concurrence, in parts) written by Justice John Paul Stevens and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor, is Stevens' angry tone. He calls the idea that the First Amendment forbids distinctions between individuals and individuals organized as a corporation “a glittering generality” with no foundation in the law, and later declares, “Under the majority's...
  • Scalia takes unlikely stance in custody case

    01/13/2010 12:27:43 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 14 replies · 1,019+ views
    Associated Press via MSNBC ^ | January 12, 2010 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia practically hisses when his colleagues consult foreign law to help interpret the U.S. Constitution. But on Tuesday, Scalia found himself looking approvingly to other countries in a case over an international custody dispute. The court is taking its first look at how American authorities handle the Hague Convention on child abduction, aimed at preventing one parent from taking a child to another country without the other parent's permission. "The purpose of a treaty is to have everybody doing the same thing," Scalia said, "and I think, if it's a case of some ambiguity,...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia: The Supreme Court Needs Fewer “Judges”

    01/08/2010 3:11:40 PM PST · by T Christopher · 8 replies · 810+ views
    REPUBLICAN REDEFINED ^ | T Christopher
    Justice Antonin Scalia made a public appearance Monday speaking to roughly 600 people at the First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mississippi. The event was sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Law and the Mission First Legal Aid Office. As is usually the case when Justice Scalia makes public appearances, he spoke largely off the cuff and provided yet another reminder why he’s the greatest Supreme Court Justice of this or any generation for that matter. He spoke about a number of topics including the citation of foreign law in American courts, the ever-increasing caseload of the Highest Court, and...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia: Advocates of Using Foreign Law Ignore Abortion Decisions

    01/07/2010 3:55:47 PM PST · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 706+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/7/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Law. There, he said activists who back the use of international law in the U.S. legal system are selective when they want to use it. Scalia oppose the use of international law and decisions by foreign courts to interpret the Constitution."If there was any thought absolutely foreign to the founders of our country, surely it was the notion that we Americans should be governed the way Europeans are," he said, according to the Jackson Free Press newspaper."I dare...
  • A Man of Influence (book review of Antonin Scalia biography)

    01/02/2010 4:55:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 686+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 31, 2009 | Jeffrey Rosen
    Love him or hate him, Antonin Scalia has had a greater influence on the way Americans debate the law today than any other modern Supreme Court justice. Conservatives hail Scalia as the founding prophet of their true faith — the Jurisprudence of Original Understanding — and the leader of the opposition to moral relativism and judicial imperialism in the age of Obama. [...] It’s hard to write a fair-minded biography of such a polarizing figure, but that’s what Joan Biskupic has done with “American Original.” ... On the court, Scalia has shown a disdain for elites that keeps him not...
  • Scalia: Some on court inventing rights

    10/27/2009 7:05:14 PM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies · 1,728+ views
    EastValleyTribune ^ | October 26, 2009 | Howard Fischer
    One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday his more liberal colleagues are trying to manufacture new constitutional rights that were never intended by the drafters. “The fight is about the Supreme Court inventing new rights nobody ever thought existed,” Justice Antonin Scalia said in an appearance at the University of Arizona College of Law. “Right to abortion?” he asked. “Come on. Nobody thought it violated anything in the Constitution for 200 years. It was criminal.” The same, said Scalia, is true of homosexual sodomy. Yet the nation’s high court has struck down state laws...
  • Flood of Liberal News and Bloggers Falsely Claim Justice Scalia is Against Desegregation

    10/27/2009 3:54:42 PM PDT · by PatriotJG · 5 replies · 752+ views
    Unspun America ^ | October 27, 2009
    Earlier today, Liberal news makers and bloggers such as the Huffington Post rushed to their keyboards to make another attack on Conservatism. They were responding to a rumor going around that Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia had claimed he would have been against the decision of the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. ...
  • The Commerce Clause, The Federal Judiciary, and Tyranny (or How Scalia Helped Screw America)

    10/16/2009 8:29:12 AM PDT · by Huck · 407 replies · 5,391+ views
    self | 10/15/09 | Huck
    Introduction In this essay I will attempt to show that the powers granted to the Federal Judiciary were excessive, that the creation of an all-powerful, unaccountable Supreme Court was a grave error that made the expansion of Federal power inevitable, and virtually limitless. I will then provide a brief investigation into the original meaning of the Commerce Clause. Last, I will argue that the harm created through Commerce Clause jurisprudence appears irreversible, having been upheld and applied by Justice Scalia and the liberal wing of the Court as recently as 2005. If Justice Scalia not only unwilling to overturn past...
  • Are Lawyers A Productive Part of Society?

    10/05/2009 10:14:32 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 10-5-2009 | Paul Cassell
    The ABA Journal has this interesting thought attributed to Justice Scalia. Asked to comment on whether the quality of advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court was too low, Justice Scalia is quoted as saying: “I used to have just the opposite reaction. I used to be disappointed that so many of the best minds in the country were being devoted to this enterprise. “I mean there’d be a … public defender from Podunk, you know, and this woman is really brilliant, you know. Why isn’t she out inventing the automobile or, you know, doing something productive for this society? “I...
  • High Court Targets Chicago's Gun Ban

    10/02/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 2,517+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
    Gun Control: The Supreme Court agrees to decide if the Second Amendment applies to all of us, or just Washington, D.C. Why would the Founders put in the Bill of Rights something applying only to a federal enclave? In a 5-4 decision last year written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court overturned a draconian District of Columbia gun ban enacted 32 years ago that barred private ownership of handguns at all. Scalia wrote that an individual's right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted. The court ruled that...
  • Sotomayor Guns For 2nd Amendment (CORRECTED)

    06/05/2009 5:14:41 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 26 replies · 2,745+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 4, 2009 | Editorial
    (Corrected) Gun Control: In a case headed for the Supreme Court, a three-judge panel rules Chicago's gun ban constitutional since the 2nd Amendment doesn't apply to states and cities. High court nominee Sonia Sotomayor concurs.Those Pennsylvania townsfolk bitterly clinging to their guns may have been premature in celebrating the decision in D.C. v. Heller that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does indeed guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms.
  • Barney Frank calls Justice Scalia a 'homophobe'

    08/19/2009 9:19:45 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 81 replies · 3,437+ views ^ | Last Updated 19 Aug 2009 | Jim Armstrong
    Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a "homophobe" in a recent interview with the gay news Web site . The Democratic lawmaker, who is gay, was discussing gay marriage and his expectation that the high court would some day be called upon to decide whether the Constitution allows the federal government to deny recognition to same-sex marriages. "I wouldn't want it to go to the United States Supreme Court now because that homophobe Antonin Scalia has too many votes on this current court," said Frank. The video of the interview is available online. Frank's office...
  • Obama Committing Fraud and Treason: Multiple Grand Juries (Part I)

    07/05/2009 2:49:50 PM PDT · by libh8er · 56 replies · 3,567+ views
    PRAVDA ^ | 7.5.09 | Neil Turner
    What everyone knows: Most of America knows (beyond any reasonable doubt) that Barry Soetoro (aka Barack Hussein Obama) is not Constitutionally eligible to hold the office of President of the United States (POTUS) and Commander in Chief (CinC) (per Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the U.S.). Most of America also knows (beyond any reasonable doubt) that the members of Congress (all 535 of them), the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court, and ALL the Media (including FNC) are either ‘in the tank for’ or ‘paid off or intimidated by’ the illegitimate, criminal and Treasonous presumed President and Commander...
  • If Frank Ricci Loses, Blame Scalia

    06/17/2009 2:55:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 1,545+ views
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, June 16, 2009 | Richard Thompson Ford
    Many conservatives have taken up the cause of Frank Ricci, a New Haven, Conn., firefighter who sued the city, claiming that officials discriminated against him when they rejected the results of a promotion exam, on which he did well, because all but one of the top scoring candidates were white. Ricci's claim is now before the Supreme Court. I've written about it once to explain why Ricci's argument is a threat to an important part of modern civil rights law, and I'm writing again now because a lot of people have suggested that Ricci has been treated unusually and unfairly...
  • BREAKING: USSC delays Chrysler asset sale!

    06/08/2009 1:08:48 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 293 replies · 18,628+ views
    CNBC Breaking News (live) ^ | 08 JUL 09 | dcbryan1
    Breaking on CNBC: USSC delays Chyrsler asset sale! Mourdock: USe of Tarp Funds in automotive industry was illegal Obama admin had urged USSC NOT to keep chrysler deal on hold
  • Justice Scalia LIVE on CSPAN3 now

    05/29/2009 7:14:38 AM PDT · by knarf · 6 replies · 1,154+ views
    live streaming CSPAN3
  • Michigan v. Jackson overruled!

    05/26/2009 9:15:52 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 83 replies · 10,377+ views
    Supreme Court of the United Stats ^ | 05-26-2009 | Antonin Scalia
    Syllabus At a preliminary hearing required by Louisiana law, petitioner Montejo was charged with first-degree murder, and the court ordered the appointment of counsel. Later that day, the police read Montejo his rights under Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U. S. 436, and he agreed to go along on a trip to locate the murder weapon. During the excursion,he wrote an inculpatory letter of apology to the victim’s widow. Upon returning, he finally met his court-appointed attorney. At trial, his letter was admitted over defense objection, and he was convicted and sentenced to death. Affirming, the State Supreme Court rejected his...