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  • It wasn't just religious liberty that Chief Justice Roberts strangled

    06/02/2020 12:06:19 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 02 2020 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    SNIP Close to midnight on Friday, while rioters used the killing of George Floyd as a pretext to set America aflame, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that declined to enjoin the states of California and Illinois from restrictions on communal worship imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most startling was that Chief Justice John Roberts not only joined the court’s four left-leaning justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan) in declining to uphold religious liberty. Roberts also wrote a brief opinion explaining his decision. That opinion is an eye-opener. Roberts accords the right to...
  • Conscience Protections Must Not be Violated

    06/01/2020 8:59:52 AM PDT · by bitt · 6 replies
    aclj.org ^ | 5/26/2020 | Francis J. Manion
    snip..."But health care workers deserve much more than balloons and standing ovations. They deserve respect; respect for their status as free moral agents, not cogs in a giant health care machine. Such respect must include acknowledging and defending their right to not participate in certain “health care” procedures that many nurses and doctors hold to be beyond the pale of human decency, participation in which would violate their fundamental moral, religious, and ethical principles. Chief among such procedures is, of course, abortion." snip..."And in still another case, this time from a nurse who was deceived into participating in a horrific...
  • Roberts embraces role as Supreme Court swing justice, with latest church ruling

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts continues to position himself as the high court’s swing vote -- siding with both his conservative and liberal colleagues in close decisions -- including most recently in cases related to the coronavirus lockdowns. The latest instance of this came days ago when the court rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at religious services.
  • Roberts joins court's liberals to deny California church's lockdown challenge

    05/31/2020 1:12:09 PM PDT · by Bob Ireland · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | May 29, 2020 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A sharply divided Supreme Court late Friday turned aside a church's urgent plea that California's coronavirus lockdown orders are putting an unconstitutional burden on religious freedom. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberals in rejecting a San Diego church's request for relief from Gov. Gavin Newsom's most recent directive limiting churches to 25% of their normal maximum capacity, with an absolute maximum of 100 people at any service. In a three-page opinion {pdf} issued just before the stroke of midnight Washington time, Roberts said it would be unwise for the court to intervene on an emergency basis as...
  • Chief Justice Roberts Sides with Liberals – Refuses California Church Right to Assemble During Pandemic

    05/30/2020 7:37:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/30/2020 | Jim Hoft
    Chief Justice Roberts joined the the liberal bloc of the Supreme Court in deciding Governor Newsom has the right to deny churchgoers the right to assemble during this pandemic. Once again, Roberts’ logic is muddled as he this time sided with the far left against the First Amendment of the United States. The Hill reported: "The Supreme Court issued a rare late-night ruling on Friday against a California church challenging their state’s stay-at-home order. In a 5-4 vote, Chief Justice John Roberts broke from other conservative justices to rule in favor of the state. The case was brought by the...
  • Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services (Roberts strikes again!)

    05/29/2020 9:56:22 PM PDT · by Stravinsky · 108 replies
    AP ^ | May 30, 2020 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal by a California church that challenged state limits on attendance at worship services that have been imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Over the dissent of the four more conservative justices, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in turning away a request from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California, in the San Diego area.
  • Here’s Who Joe Biden Could Pick for the Supreme Court

    05/28/2020 6:27:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 28, 2020 | Kevin Daley
    Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has pledged to appoint the first African-American woman to the Supreme Court if he prevails in November. . . . The leftwing group Demand Justice, which is pressing Biden to release a shortlist of potential nominees, has released its own list, which is heavy on academics and cause lawyers. A Washington Free Beacon analysis found the most likely candidates are U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, and U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, with Stacey Abrams as a possible wildcard pick.
  • Ari Fleischer on Trump saying Biden accuser sounds credible: 'Stay out of that'

    05/04/2020 4:34:00 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/4/20 | Joshua Nelson | Fox News
    Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer said on Monday that he was surprised to hear President Trump say that Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden sound “credible.” “Frankly, if I were the president, I would just stay out of that because this is what we got into with Kavanaugh, right? 'Was it credible, was it not credible, were there corroborating witnesses?’” the former White House press secretary said on “Outnumbered Overtime.”
  • Cases Awaiting Cert From The Supreme Court Focus Heavily On The Right To Carry A Concealed Handgun Outside The Home

    05/26/2020 7:24:08 AM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 24 replies
    If the court hears any of these six cases, there could finally be Supreme Court precedent about concealed carry.
  • Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

    05/25/2020 6:03:12 PM PDT · by beejaa · 14 replies
    PBS SoCal ^ | May 25, 2020 | Michael Pack, Director
    The movie is free at the link until June 2.
  • Trump counting on Supreme Court to block probes, lawsuits

    05/22/2020 3:01:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2020 | By MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump won at least a temporary reprieve from the Supreme Court earlier this week in keeping secret grand jury materials from the Russia investigation away from Democratic lawmakers. The president and his administration are counting on the justices for more help to stymie other investigations and lawsuits. The high court is weighing Trump’s bid to block subpoenas for his tax, banking and financial records. It will soon be asked by the administration to kill a lawsuit alleging that Trump is illegally profiting from his luxury hotel near the White House. And a dispute over Congress’ demand...
  • Supreme Court Blocks House Democrats from Mueller Grand Jury Material

    05/20/2020 3:11:13 PM PDT · by conservativepoet · 20 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 20, 2020 | Breitbart News
    The court’s unsigned order granted the Trump administration’s request to keep previously undisclosed details from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election out of the hands of Democratic lawmakers, at least until early summer.
  • Supreme Court temporarily denies House Democrats access to Mueller documents

    05/20/2020 2:05:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 20 2020 | John Kruzel
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request from House Democrats for immediate access to redacted grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. The justices instead granted the Trump administration's request to continue shielding the secret grand jury transcripts and exhibits. The Wednesday order also gives the Justice Department until June 1 to file a formal appeal of a lower court ruling requiring the administration to hand over the materials the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee initially requested as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump. DEVELOPING
  • Joy Behar rejects 'believe all women' motto, prompting Meghan McCain to bring up Kavanaugh saga

    05/20/2020 11:57:42 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 20 2020 | Sam Dorman
    "The View" co-host Joy Behar panned the idea that the media should "believe all women" who allege sexual misconduct and denied applying a different standard to Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. "To me, if you say I believe any woman who makes any accusation -- if you say that, I think it minimizes our credibility as women, and then nobody's going to believe anybody at some point," Behar said. The co-hosts were discussing former NBC host Matt Lauer's full-throated attack on Ronan Farrow's reporting, which cited a woman accusing the former "Today" star of rape. That prompted Behar to...
  • Clarence Thomas Isn’t A ‘Symbol Of The Trump Era.’ He’s An American Icon

    05/20/2020 10:16:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 20, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    Ever since he matured from Marxist revolutionary to conservative heavyweight champ, the American left has felt free to smear Clarence Thomas. Ever since he matured from Marxist revolutionary to conservative heavyweight champ, the American left has felt free to smear Clarence Thomas in ways they’d scream “racism!” at if he were still one of them. It’s a half-century reminder of which political team consistently weaponizes a twisted conception of racism to obtain power at any cost, instead of recognizing racism as a moral evil with objective standards of transgression that apply equally to all.In this reprehensible tradition, The New York...
  • The Perpetual Impeachment: House Democrats Tell The Supreme Court That They Are Preparing For A New Impeachment

    05/19/2020 9:40:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Jonathan Turley ^ | 05/19/2020
    On Monday, the House Democrats filed a brief that with the Supreme Court that the House was actively pursuing new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump including “the possible exercise of improper political influence over recent decisions made in the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn prosecutions, both of which were initiated by the special counsel.” The argument is meant to justify the continued demand for redacted grand-jury material from the now closed Special Counsel investigation into the Russian collusion investigation. I have long supported the congressional demands for documents withheld by the Trump Administration as well as witnesses, including...
  • Supreme Court eyes more gun cases as conservatives signal eagerness to expand 2nd Amendment protections

    05/18/2020 6:16:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 5/17/2020 | tucker higgins
    Ten different guns cases were on the agenda of the justices’ private conference on Friday, where they met to decide which cases they will hear in the upcoming term. Each of those cases has been considered at one previous conference, a clear signal that there is “serious interest” in hearing them, according to John Elwood, a leading court observer and a partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter. It is possible the court could announce as soon as Monday that it will hear one or more of the cases. If it does so, a decision would be expected by...
  • Passed By for Decades, Clarence Thomas Is a New Symbol of the Trump Era

    05/18/2020 1:19:17 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    DNYUZ ^ | 18 May 2020
    He was the subject of a recent book, “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas,” which led to a flurry of articles and book reviews on his life and legal thought. A new biographical documentary, made by the conservative filmmaker Michael Pack, airs Monday on PBS. For the project, the justice spoke to filmmakers for 30 hours — an astounding feat for a jurist who once went 10 years without asking a question from the bench. “He would have never said, ‘Gee whiz, I should be an icon,’” said Helgi Walker, a lawyer at the firm Gibson Dunn who clerked for Justice...
  • Supreme Court Decision on DACA Expected Soon

    05/18/2020 8:08:52 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 18 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 12 May 2020 | John Miano
    This is one of the few cases I have seen where the amicus briefs make a much better case than the parties' briefs. In fact, the government's defense of DACA rescission has been so pathetic that one might suspect the deep state within DHS has been sabotaging Trump all along.
  • New Clarence Thomas Doc Film Shows His Transformation from Black Panther Sympathizer to Reagan Supporter

    05/17/2020 3:34:15 PM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    westernjournal.com ^ | 5/16/2020 | Randy DeSoto
    The new powerful documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words” set to premier Monday on PBS traces the nation’s longest-serving Supreme Court justice’s journey from his childhood in segregated Georgia to the pinnacle of power in Washington, D.C. And there are definitely some unlikely turns along the way in Thomas’ transformation from a 1960s leftist radical to a supporter of conservative icon Ronald Reagan. “Created Equal,” written, produced and directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Michael Pack, features primarily Thomas telling his own story on camera, with Virginia Thomas, his wife of over 30 years, making intermittent appearances throughout....