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  • The surprising, subtle messages in Trump’s SCOTUS shortlist

    05/19/2016 6:04:46 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 18, 2016 | The Post editorial board
    <p>Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees sends multiple messages — all smart, and some pretty subtle.</p> <p>The main point, of course, was to reassure Republicans that he really would name a new justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia — someone who’d resist the temptation to read his or her own policy preferences into the Constitution and the law.</p>
  • The Court Gives and the Court Takes Away

    08/07/2007 6:17:43 PM PDT · by JTN · 8 replies · 457+ views
    Reason Hit & Run ^ | August 7, 2007 | Kerry Howley
    Last year, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that patients have a constitutional right to purchase potentially lifesaving developmental medicines prior to FDA approval, a huge (and hugely controversial) win for patient autonomy. The D.C. Circuit later granted en banc rehearing, and that opinion(pdf) was released this morning. The court now asserts that the Due Process Clause has nothing much to say about the right of the terminally ill to defend themselves against the onslaught of disease; it is the FDA's prerogative to deem a medicine too dangerous to ingest, even if...
  • The Kennedy Factor on the Roberts Court

    01/05/2007 9:57:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 722+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12.31.06 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    THE Supreme Court, having decided only four cases since the term began in October, has not exactly been living in the fast lane. But the pace is about to pick up. The coming months will be a testing time for the young Roberts court, including decisions due by early summer on abortion, school integration and environmental policy, with an unusually large emphasis on cases of significance to the business community.Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has spoken often of the virtues of a court that speaks modestly and unanimously. Those goals may well prove elusive. The court’s conservative bloc reached...
  • Scalia the Civil Libertarian?

    11/25/2006 11:00:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,086+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 26, 2006 | SCOTT TUROW
    The conservative ideological majority on the U.S. Supreme Court that determined the 2000 election in favor of President Bush should have grown stronger when Bush chose Justice Samuel Alito to replace the moderate Sandra Day O’Connor. Yet in carrying out its first priority, the war on terror, the White House has encountered unwelcome resistance from the court. Objections to Bush’s sweeping view of executive power have come not only from liberals and centrists, like Justice Anthony Kennedy but, more remarkably, from Justice Antonin Scalia, who may end up playing a pivotal role in future war-on-terror cases. Scalia has long been...

    11/17/2006 6:09:43 PM PST · by JTN · 27 replies · 881+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Nov 15 | James J. Kilpatrick
    Once more into the Fourth Amendment breach, dear friends! In the pending case of Florida v. Rabb , the Supreme Court has a splendid opportunity to affirm the maxim that a man's house is his home -- and that he has a right to grow a passel of pot in his attic. Well, not exactly. By taking the case -- or better yet, by not taking it -- the high court could strike a blow for strict enforcement of a constitutional freedom as old as Magna Carta. These are the facts: In April 2002, an anonymous informant advised the Broward...
  • Supreme Court Ruling on Police Raids Endangers Citizens

    06/22/2006 11:48:11 AM PDT · by JTN · 323 replies · 3,171+ views ^ | June 21, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in its 5-4 decision in the case of Hudson v. Michigan that when police conduct an illegal, no-knock raid, any evidence they seize in the raid can still be used against the suspect at trial, even though the raid was conducted illegally. I’ve spent the last year researching these types of volatile, highly-confrontational, paramilitary raids for a forthcoming report for the Cato Institute. The decision in Hudson is almost certain to lead to more illegal no-knock raids, more mistaken raids on innocent people, and more unnecessary deaths, both of civilians and of police officers....
  • No SWAT

    04/07/2006 12:28:35 PM PDT · by JTN · 74 replies · 1,713+ views
    Slate ^ | April 6, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Sometime this spring, the Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the case of Hudson v. Michigan. At issue is whether or not police who used an illegal "no-knock" raid to enter a defendant's home can use the drugs they seized inside against the defendant at trial. To understand the importance of this case, some background is in order. As the name indicates, a "no-knock" raid occurs when police forcibly enter a private residence without first knocking and announcing that they're the police. The tactic is appropriate in a few limited situations, such as when hostages or fugitives are...

    03/31/2006 11:51:09 AM PST · by JTN · 40 replies · 1,618+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | MARCH 26, 2006 | Steve Chapman
    The other day, the Supreme Court did something surprising. It said that if a man stands at the threshold of his own house and tells the police they may not enter without a warrant, then -- get a load of this, willya? -- they may not enter without a warrant. That may not sound very remarkable. After all, most of us are familiar with the axiom that a man's home is his castle, and the Constitution does have that passage assuring the right of all Americans "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and...
  • Frist Joins Boy Scouts To Call For Passage Of Scouts Act

    12/26/2005 11:20:10 AM PST · by Coleus · 38 replies · 1,203+ views
    The Chattanogan ^ | 12.17.05 | ELIZABETH WEILL-GREENBERG
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) today praised the pending passage of the “Support Our Scouts Act of 2005,” which is included in the Department of Defense Authorization bill and the Defense Appropriations bill. Sen. Frist authored the legislation, which was co-sponsored by over 50 other senators, "to ensure that the Boy Scouts of America receives equal access to public facilities, programs, and forums and that the Defense Department will continue its support of Scouts and their Jamborees." “The passage of this legislation is a victory for the Boy Scouts of America and the many other organizations that...
  • Is SCOTUS nominee Samuel Alito Pro Abortion?

    10/31/2005 7:58:05 PM PST · by Coleus · 336 replies · 4,363+ views
    Find Law ^ | 10.31.05
                               41 ALITO, Circuit Judge, concurring in the judgment. I do not join Judge Barry's opinion, which was never necessary and is now obsolete. That opinion fails to discuss the one authority that dictates the result in this appeal, namely, the Supreme Court's decision in Stenberg v. Carhart, 2000 WL 825889 (U.S. June 28, 2000). Our responsibility as a lower court is to follow and apply controlling Supreme Court precedent. I write briefly to explain why Carhart requires us to affirm the decision of the District Court in this case. This is an appeal by the New Jersey State Legislature...
  • Supreme top court allows abortion for Missouri inmate

    10/24/2005 10:19:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 59 replies · 1,530+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10.17.05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court under new Chief Justice John Roberts cleared the way on Monday for a pregnant Missouri prisoner to obtain an abortion, despite objections from state officials. In a brief order without comment or recorded dissent, the high court rejected Missouri's request to put on hold a federal judge's order requiring that prison authorities transport the inmate to a St. Louis clinic for an abortion.How Roberts would rule on abortion was a major issue in his confirmation hearings in the Senate. This was the first abortion-related case the court has acted upon since he...
  • No On Roberts (Joseph Farah Slams Conservatives For Being Bamboozled By White House Alert)

    08/07/2005 10:20:55 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 345 replies · 6,201+ views
    World Net ^ | 08/08/05 | Joseph Farah
    I don't know who makes me sicker – President Bush or the "conservatives" who continue to back him and his sell-out choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The conservatives eagerly jumped in to throw their support to the unknown John Roberts as soon as the choice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor was announced. On what basis? The guy was a blank slate – like David Souter and Anthony Kennedy before him. Then, last week, the Los Angeles Times broke the story that Roberts had volunteered his services – pro bono – to help prepare a landmark homosexual activist case to...
  • Left takes liberties with Federalist Society

    07/29/2005 10:08:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 371+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 07.28.05 | Paul Mulshine
    As someone who's been following the antics of the Federalist Society for almost a decade, I was greatly amused by the flap over whether Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is a card-carrying member. He isn't, it turns out. But he did speak at a number of Federalist Society functions. He's a fellow traveler, in other words. That's enough for the left-wing McCarthyites who are trying to portray him as member of some sort of right-wing conspiracy and as an enemy of liberty. In fact, no one in America is quite as obsessed with the nature of liberty as the members...
  • Medical marijuana: The real stakes

    12/17/2004 9:12:14 AM PST · by inquest · 441 replies · 4,112+ views ^ | 12-10-04 | Jeff Jacoby
    Ashcroft v. Raich, the Supreme Court's medical marijuana case, isn't really about medical marijuana. It's about power -- the power of Congress to exert control, and the power of the Constitution to rein Congress in. The named plaintiff in this case is Angel McClary Raich, a California mother of two afflicted with an awful array of diseases, including tumors in her brain and uterus, asthma, severe weight loss, and endometriosis. To ease her symptoms, doctors put her on dozens of standard medications. When none of them helped, they prescribed marijuana. That did help -- so much so that Raich, who...
  • N.M. Church May Use Special hallucinogenic Tea for Christmas Services, SCOTUS

    12/12/2004 6:31:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 42 replies · 1,252+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12.10.04
    N.M. Church May Use Special Tea for Now Fri Dec 10, 8:09 PM ET By MARY PEREA, Associated Press WriterALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) sided Friday with a New Mexico church that wants to use hallucinogenic tea as part of its Christmas services, despite government objections that the tea is illegal and potentially dangerous. The high court lifted a temporary stay issued last week against using the hoasca tea while it decides whether the Brazil-based O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal is permitted to make it a permanent part of its services. The...
  • Colorado Priest busted for Communion wine, Wants variance to Celebrate Mass outside abortion clinic

    11/25/2004 10:29:28 AM PST · by Coleus · 58 replies · 4,290+ views
    TESTING THE FAITHPriest busted for Communion wineWants variance of city law so he can say Mass outside abortion clinic A Catholic priest has run afoul of the law in Colorado Springs, Colo., after being caught with an open container of sacramental wine while performing Mass outside an abortion clinic. The Rev. Bill Carmody was warned by a police officer after the cop asked him what he was holding. "The police officer asked me what's in the flask," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "I really didn't know what to do." Carmody has asked the Colorado Springs City Council for a...
  • Specter’s Second Amendment Surprise Chairman Specter could be as antigun as he wanted to be.

    11/16/2004 6:43:18 AM PST · by deaconjim · 31 replies · 2,392+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 15, 2004 | By Larry Pratt
    The same Arlen Specter who awaits his expected coronation as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has a long record of betraying both his party and America's gun owners. To hear Specter talk, his fellow Republicans count on him. They do. Senate Republicans count on Arlen Specter to vote their way only until his vote is absolutely critical to the issue at hand. When he is most needed on the political battlefield, Arlen is either AWOL or preening in the enemy's tent about casting a difficult vote of conscience, to the applause of CBS, NBC, and the Washington Post. Proof?...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Clark camp backs off abortion statement [Non-Denial Denial! Still backs abortion to full-term!]

    01/12/2004 10:39:28 AM PST · by TastyManatees · 6 replies · 211+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | 1/11/04 | Gil Bliss
    Clark camp backs off abortion statementBy GIL BLISS Sunday News Correspondent MILFORD — Pancakes and politics helped warm the frigid air yesterday morning as retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark spoke to an adoring packed house at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Outside the breakfast, Clark responded to criticism in an editorial last week in The Union Leader about the abortion rights issue that came following a midweek meeting with editorial staff. In that meeting, Clark said he would not appoint a pro-life federal judge and that the government should not impinge on a woman’s decision to have an abortion,...
  • LIVE THREAD: SENATE FILIBUSTER!! Call Capitol Swtchbrd 1-800-648-3516 to Protest Dem Obstructionism

    11/12/2003 2:45:39 PM PST · by Howlin · 7,188 replies · 1,797+ views | November 12, 2003
  • A lynch mob gathers (Thomas Sowell)

    10/20/2003 9:36:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 778+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 21, 2003 | Thomas Sowell
    The nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the California Supreme Court to become a federal Court of Appeals judge has brought out vicious special interest groups with their long knives -- and a long record of smears and character-assassination, going back to the campaign of wholesale misrepresentations that defeated the nomination of Judge Robert Bork in 1987. Leading the charge against Justice Brown, as it did against Judge Bork 16 years ago, is the grossly misnamed organization "People for the American Way." This is a far-left group with only contempt for American traditions and culture. They want judges who...
  • Breyer says US could learn from Israel

    09/18/2003 1:23:58 AM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 09/12/03 | The Associated Press Says U.S. Could Learn From Israel ANNE GEARAN Associated Press NEW YORK - The United States could learn from compromises Israeli courts have struck to balance terrorism and human rights concerns, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Friday. Israeli judges have adopted what Breyer called "intermediate solutions" that acknowledge the security risks the country faces, the justice told an audience at Columbia Law School. "There are many solutions that ... solve nothing to everyone's satisfaction but are not quite as restrictive of human rights as an extreme solution, nor as dangerous as some other extremes," Breyer said. He...
  • We Are Running for Congress -- Maybe

    09/02/2003 12:57:02 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 201 replies · 15,701+ views
    Congressman Billybob's Campaign Website ^ | 2 September 2003 | John Armor
    Congressman Billybob Sez:[posted 2 September 2003] This here's the 366th Report ta the Folks Back Home from the (More er Less) Honorable Billybob, cyberCongressman from Western Carolina. For reasons that will shortly become quite clear, I'm not gonna turn this over ta ma able assistant, J. Armor, Esq. Instead, fer the firs time ever in seven years of rattin, this column has a shared byline tween yer Congresscritter n his assistant. We Are Running for Congress – Maybeby John Armor and Congressman Billybob Ballot issues always begin with a summary, to assist the voters. Here's my summary: My District needs...
  • Can globalism amend our Constitution?

    08/12/2003 3:06:38 PM PDT · by LibertyAndJusticeForAll · 40 replies · 737+ views ^ | August 11, 2003 | Phyllis Schlafly
    We live in a global economy, right? But the elites mouthing this mantra haven't shared with the U.S. people the news that globalism not only means open borders for the movement of goods and the migration of peoples, but also textbooks teaching children to be citizens of the world instead of patriots. Globalism also means bending the U.S. Constitution to conform to the opinions of foreigners who pompously enunciate new laws and new human rights. The utterings of these self-important bureaucrats in the United Nations and Europe could be merely matters for TV humor if it were not that U.S....
  • Britain to Allow Transsexuals to Marry

    07/19/2003 7:59:45 AM PDT · by nwrep · 17 replies · 1,903+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 19, 2003 | Michael Holden
    Britain to Allow Transsexuals to Marry By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unveiled plans for a new law on Friday which would allow transsexuals to marry under their adopted sex, ending a long dispute over their legal status. The proposals were given a cautious welcome by campaigners who have been fighting on behalf of Britain's 5,000 transsexuals for over 30 years for a change in the law. However some church groups said they would undermine conventional relationships and family life. "The draft bill will ensure that transsexual people can take up all their fundamental rights including the right to...
  • Justice Breyer: U. S. Constitution should be subordinated to international will

    07/07/2003 7:00:07 AM PDT · by mrobison · 579 replies · 10,079+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 7, 2003
    LAW OF THE LAND Justice: Can Constitution make it in global age? On TV, Breyer wonders whether it will 'fit into governing documents of other nations' Posted: July 7, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 In a rare appearance on a television news show, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer questioned whether the U.S. Constitution, the oldest governing document in use in the world today, will continue to be relevant in an age of globalism. Speaking with ABC News' "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos and his colleague Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Breyer took issue with Justice Antonin Scalia, who,...
  • Constitution Party Wants Supreme Court Justices Impeached

    07/05/2003 8:52:56 PM PDT · by furnitureman · 72 replies · 1,792+ views ^ | 07/04/03 | Jeff Johnson.
    Constitution Party Wants Supreme Court Justices Impeached The nation's self-proclaimed third largest political party Thursday called for the impeachment of the six Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn a Texas law banning homosexual sodomy. One legal expert responded that the prospect of impeaching justices for political decisions was settled nearly 200 years ago. James Clymer, chairman of the Constitution Party National Committee, called the court's decision "an affront to the very foundation" of the U.S. Constitution. "It also shows blatant disregard for the people of various states and the laws their representatives have lawfully enacted," Clymer continued. "Those members...
  • A.P. intentionally misquotes Scalia

    06/26/2003 1:51:26 PM PDT · by Capt. Jake · 30 replies · 375+ views
    This is what the AP reports Justice Scalia as writing in dissent in the Texas sodomy case: "The court has taken sides in the culture war," Scalia said, adding that he has "nothing against homosexuals." Here is what he actually wrote: "Let me be clear that I have nothing against homosexuals, or any other group, promoting their agenda through normal democratic means."
  • European Union Influenced US Supreme Court on Sodomy

    07/03/2003 9:21:41 AM PDT · by Hugenot · 26 replies · 645+ views
    SeaMax ^ | 7/3/2003 | Fr. Michael Reilly
    As the Supreme Court ruling on Texas' sodomy law continues to generate controversy, Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute reveals a disturbing new element. The US Supreme Court used foreign precedents in formulating their decision. In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy referred to a "Friend of the Court" brief submitted by former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. "This Court should not decide in a vacuum whether criminalization of same-sex sodomy between consenting adults violates constitutional guarantees of privacy and equal protection. Other nations with similar histories, legal systems, and political cultures have...
  • Another shocker from court

    07/02/2003 12:20:12 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 28 replies · 356+ views ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    Just as the nation was recovering from stunning, back-to-back Supreme Court rulings invalidating the right to equal protection in affirmative-action cases and then striking down state anti-sodomy laws, the political activists in black robes freed hundreds of confessed and convicted child molesters in California. Prosecutors in the Golden State spent last weekend scrambling to figure out a response to last Thursday's 5-4 decision that California had violated the Constitution's ban on ex post facto – after the fact – laws when the Legislature changed the time limit for bringing criminal charges in child sex-abuse cases to cover older cases. As...
  • Hundreds of molest cases face review after Supreme Court ruling; two molestation defendants freed

    06/30/2003 7:02:16 PM PDT · by Brian S · 15 replies · 281+ views
    <p>California judges ordered two molestation defendants freed Monday as authorities sought to determine how many cases may be voided by the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of a law that allowed prosecution of decades-old sex abuse allegations.</p> <p>The ruling was denounced by people who have accused priests of crimes, while prosecutors emphasized that the fallout from the high court's decision will extend far beyond the high-profile clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church.</p>
  • Scalia: What a massive disruption of the social order this ruling entails.

    06/26/2003 7:37:38 PM PDT · by nwrep · 212 replies · 1,480+ views
    US Supreme Court ^ | June 26, 2003 | nwrep
    Scalia: What a massive disruption of the social order ... this ruling entails. *********************************************************** Read below one of the most brilliant defenses of traditional values, morality and conventions that have governed civilization for the past 5000 years. Judge Scalia is a national treasure: *********************************************************** Excerpted from his dissent in today's sodomy ruling: I begin with the Court ’s surprising readiness to recon- sider a decision rendered a mere 17 years ago in Bowers v. Hardwick .I do not myself believe in rigid adherence to stare decisis in constitutional cases;but I do believe that we should be consistent rather than...

    06/26/2003 2:31:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 785+ views
    DEVELOPMENTS - BOOKPROOFS 05/12/03 – 10:03 AMDEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAWTHE LAW OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY"Great families of yesterday we show,And lords whose parents were the Lord knows who."DANIEL DEFOE, THE TRUE-BORN ENGLISHMANpt. 1, l. 374 (1701)."[G]roups that have historically been the target of discrimination cannote expected to wait patiently for the protection of their human dignity and equal rights while governments move toward reform one stepat a time."Vriend v. Alberta, [1998] 1 S.C.R. 493, 559 (Can.) (Iacobucci, J.)."The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other."DENIS DIDEROT, Observations on...
  • The battle for the Constitution

    06/24/2003 4:04:49 AM PDT · by tdadams · 21 replies · 699+ views ^ | June 24, 2003 | Cal Thomas
    Gregory Peck, who died earlier this month, had many roles for which he will long be remembered. The one that may have had the most influence on this country was the "voice-over" he provided in 1987 for a TV commercial falsely characterizing Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork as favoring poll taxes and literacy tests, among other horrors.The same liberal groups that "Borked" Bork are preparing a campaign against President Bush's nominee, should one or more justices retire. Sens. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have called on President Bush to "consult " with them to avoid a "divisive confirmation...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Rules

    06/16/2003 8:29:54 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 131 replies · 613+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 16, 2003 | Anne Gearan
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can ban campaign contributions from advocacy groups, a warm-up decision to the showdown over the broader new campaign finance law. Justices rejected a constitutional challenge to the 32-year-old federal donation ban, which applies to groups with a point of view on issues such as gun rights and abortion. The case, involving a North Carolina anti-abortion organization, was a prelude to the court's handling of the 2002 campaign finance law. By a vote of 7-2, the court said the right to free speech does not trump Congress' goal of limiting the corrosive effects...
  • Rehnquist's Surprise

    05/31/2003 9:01:46 AM PDT · by Maximilian · 39 replies · 370+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2003 | Michael Kinsley
    Rehnquist's Surprise By Michael Kinsley Friday, May 30, 2003; Page A23 The Supreme Court surprised everybody by ruling Tuesday that even state governments have to obey the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Liberals and women's groups are hailing the opinion and love-bombing its author, Chief Justice William Rehnquist... Rehnquist disappointed them, holding that discrimination against women is such a serious social problem that federal power can trump states' rights... The chief justice writes in a wonderfully matter-of-fact way about "mutually reinforcing stereotypes" about "women's domestic roles" and "a lack of domestic responsibilities for men." About how these "create...
  • Supreme Court Seat Shuffle? Judges' retirements would spark first shift in decades

    05/18/2003 10:21:31 PM PDT · by Pro-Bush · 26 replies · 570+ views
    Newsday,com ^ | May 18, 2003 | Timothy M. Phelps and Tom Brune
    Supreme Court Seat Shuffle? Judges' retirements would spark first shift in decades By Timothy M. Phelps and Tom Brune WASHINGTON BUREAU May 18, 2003 Washington - Well-informed court observers say that there could be two Supreme Court resignations next month, Chief Justice William H. Rehn- quist and Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, bringing the greatest upheaval on the court in 32 years. Rehnquist's resignation is considered likely, though not certain, while O'Connor's is considered likely by some court insiders and less so by others. The White House, however, is preparing for the possibility of two or three vacancies, because if...
  • Forthcoming clash for the [Supreme] court

    04/27/2003 8:20:25 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 10 replies · 324+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 27, 2003 | James L. Swanson
    <p>At the Supreme Court of the United States, October Term 2002 is drawing to a close. The justices hear their last oral arguments on April 30, and in late June they will take to the bench for the last time to announce their final opinions of the term. Court watchers await decisions in several important cases, including free-speech and affirmative-action issues, which may not come down until the last day of the term. But that is not the only reason why court watchers have circled the last week in June on the calendar. That is when oddsmakers are betting on the retirement of at least one member of the court.</p>
  • Supreme Court Rules For Abortion Protesters In Civil Disobedience Case (RICO)

    02/26/2003 7:21:42 AM PST · by RCW2001 · 545 replies · 799+ views
    <p>The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a federal racketeering law was improperly used to punish aggressive anti-abortion protesters, a major victory for people who regularly block clinic doors.</p> <p>The court's 8-0 ruling applies to protests of all sorts, not just at clinics.</p>
  • Martini gets OK as Federal Judge

    11/22/2002 10:15:58 AM PST · by Coleus · 76 replies · 5,724+ views
    Martini gets OK as federal judge MITCHEL MADDUX Former Rep. Bill Martini has been confirmed as a New Jersey federal judge by the U.S. Senate. Martini, 55, a Republican who lives in Clifton and practices law in Newark, is a former federal prosecutor who also has served as a Passaic County freeholder. A member of a prominent Passaic County family long involved in politics, he serves as a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Martini will have to resign from the agency, and Governor McGreevey will name his replacement on the 12-person board. Martini said...
  • Saving Black Babies

    01/11/2003 4:54:06 AM PST · by toenail · 64 replies · 3,215+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 01/10/2003 | Sheryl Blunt
    Saving Black BabiesAbortion has cost 13 million African American lives.By Sheryl Blunt in Washington | posted 01/10/2003 Growing up in inner city Detroit, Janine Simpson and her girlfriends didn't think twice about having abortions. In her all-black neighborhood, teen abortions were the norm, she says, and the local abortion clinic was a fixture. "My friends and I, we all had abortions," Simpson says. "We didn't even think about it. To us it was just getting rid of a blob of tissue. We'd say, 'Oh, you pregnant? Okay, let's go take care of it.' " But after Simpson's own abortion her...
  • Federal judge rules 'Choose Life' license plates unconstitutional

    01/01/2003 5:30:48 AM PST · by Captain Shady · 72 replies · 833+ views
    Spartanburg Herald-Journal ^ | December 31, 2002 | JEFFREY COLLINS
    this article Posted on December 31, 2002 Federal judge rules 'Choose Life' license plates unconstitutional By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press WriterA federal court judge has ruled South Carolina's anti-abortion license plates are unconstitutional. The plates, which include the slogan "Choose Life," violate the First Amendment because it give anti-abortion advocates a forum to express their beliefs, while abortion rights supports have no license plate of their own, Senior U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman ruled last week. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said the state plans to appeal the decision to 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "We will...
  • Age, Politics Could Retire Rehnquist

    10/05/2002 8:19:29 AM PDT · by TheDon · 27 replies · 355+ views
    AP ^ | Sept 21, 2002 | ANNE GEARAN
    Age, Politics Could Retire Rehnquist Sat Sep 21,12:41 PM ET By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - He's 77, has been on the job for more than three decades and has a bad back, so retiring to read, write and work on his tennis swing would seem reasonable. But for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the prospect of retirement is fraught with political consequences. Retirement rumors have swirled around Rehnquist for several years, and the judge is keeping his thoughts on the subject to himself. But age, accomplishment and politics may combine to persuade Rehnquist to make...
  • Another State Supreme Court Violates Law! This time, in New Jersey!

    10/02/2002 11:04:21 PM PDT · by MrPHP · 6 replies · 315+ views
    Washington Times
    The great Washington Times reports: ... "New Jersey Republicans and Torricelli's Republican challenger, Douglas Forrester, had fought the move, saying it "undermined the democratic process." However, the seven-member panel of judges agreed with the attorney for the Democrats, Angelo Genova, who cited a precedent involving a candidate who had died in 1952. That precedent stated: "It is in the public interest and the general intent of the election laws to preserve the two-party system and to submit to the electorate a ballot bearing the names of those major political parties as well as of all qualifying parties and groups." According...
  • The Ruling: Allow Voters a Choice

    10/03/2002 9:40:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 219+ views
    ollowing are excerpts from the New Jersey Supreme Court decision yesterday on the Democratic request to substitute Frank R. Lautenberg for Robert G. Torricelli as its nominee for governor on the Nov. 5 ballot, as reported by The Associated Press.And the court having concluded that the central question before it is whether the dual interests of full voter choice and the orderly administration of an election can be effectuated if the relief requested by plaintiffs were to be granted;And the court being of the view that (it) is in the public interest and the general intent of the election laws...
  • GOP Tries to Stop N.J. Ballot Switch (2000 Election Redux)

    10/03/2002 9:57:38 AM PDT · by anymouse · 4 replies · 223+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thu Oct 3,11:11 AM ET | KATHY HENNESSY
    Republicans are looking to the U.S. Supreme Court after New Jersey's top court ruled that Democrats can replace Sen. Robert Torricelli with Sen. Frank Lautenberg on the November ballot. The New Jersey Supreme Court 7-0 ruling came Wednesday, two days after Torricelli ended his re-election bid amid questions about his ethics and Democratic fears that a loss could cost the party its one-seat majority in the Senate. But a lawyer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee said GOP nominee Douglas Forrester planned to ask the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to delay the New Jersey high court ruling. The lawyer,...

    10/02/2002 5:51:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 92 replies · 547+ views
    10/02/02 | Libloather
    Brilliant Floriduh residents stormed the secret vote counting office. Altoast2000 never got any sleep prior to conceding the second time. Sore/Loserman signs appeared out of nowhere. Hillary gets booed everywhere she shows her face. It's time to take action.

    08/03/2002 12:05:07 PM PDT · by Action-America · 84 replies · 1,507+ views
    Mountain States Legal Foundation ^ | August 1, 2002 | William Perry Pendley
    BUSH: NINE FORMER PRESIDENTS WRONG; CLINTON RIGHT! by William Perry PendleyAugust 1, 2002 In 1872, Congress enacted the General Mining Law, allowing miners to enter onto federal land, locate valuable mineral deposits, and then develop those minerals. Once claims were staked, they were inviolate against all others, except the United States, which could challenge their validity at any time. Miners had to perform annual assessment work or else the land was open to relocation by rival claimants as if no prior claim existed. However, if the original claimant resumed work before such relocation, the claim was preserved. Often called the...
  • US v Emerson: Petition for Cert in the US SC DENIED

    07/23/2002 5:50:10 PM PDT · by 45Auto · 18 replies · 443+ views
    The Supreme Court of the United States ^ | 10 June 2002 | court staff
    Status: DECIDED Timothy Joe Emerson, Petitioner v. United States Docketed: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit March 5, 2002 (99-10331) ~~~~~~~Proceedings and Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Feb 28 2002 Petition for writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due May 6, 2002) Mar 28 2002 Order extending time to file response to petition until May 6, 2002. May 6 2002 Brief of respondent United States in opposition filed. ay 22 2002 DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 6, 2002 Jun 10 2002 Petition DENIED.
  • Fair Interpretation

    07/16/2002 2:06:19 PM PDT · by aconservaguy · 1 replies · 165+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | March 27, 2000 | John C. Eastman
    The Claremont Institute This is the print version of -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fair Interpretation By John C. Eastman Posted March 27, 2000 The Supreme Court of the United States is once again visiting the issue of prayer in public schools. On Wednesday of this week, the high Court will hear argument in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, a case challenging the Santa Fe, Texas school district's policy of allowing voluntary, student-initiated prayer at graduations and other significant school functions such as football games. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the prayer policy with respect to graduation ceremonies,...