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Another Supreme Court Vacancy This Summer?

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The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is hinting at a new Supreme Court vacancy this summer.

Supreme Court Further Guts The Fourth Amendment

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Yesterday the Supreme Court greatly expanded the circumstances under which police can rely on anonymous tips.

The Triumph Of Clarence Thomas

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A new look at Clarence Thomas’s 20 years on the Supreme Court, from a critic, is surprisingly positive.

Justice Thomas To Hit Five-Year Anniversary Of Silence On Bench

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Later this week, Clarence Thomas will have gone five years without asking a question during oral argument at the Supreme Court. Is that really a big deal?

House Democrats Call On Justice Thomas To Recuse Himself From Heathcare Litigation

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House Democrats are calling on Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from any litigation regarding the Affordable Care Act. It’s a phony argument, but that’s because it has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with legal ethics.

Virginia Thomas Now Lobbying Members Of Congress, So What?

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Virginia Thomas’s political activism is once again a political issue.

President Clarence Thomas?

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Clarence Thomas professes not to enjoy being on the Supreme Court. So, Kashmir Hill and David Lat suggest, why not resign and run for the White House? The Republican Party is in disarray, with no clear message — as shown in last week’s primaries — and with no obvious candidate to challenge President Obama in […]

Know Your Supreme Court Justices ? Most Americans Don’t

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According to a new poll, two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single member of the U.S. Supreme Court: EAGAN, Minn., June 1 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly two-thirds of Americans cannot name any members of the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a new national survey by FindLaw.com (http://www.findlaw.com), the most popular legal information website. Even as Supreme […]

Veterans on the Supreme Court

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RedState‘s Erick Erickson notes that, not only would Elena Kagan replace the Supreme Court’s last Protestant but also “the last of the military veterans on the United States Supreme Court.” Indeed, according to his Wikipedia entry, John Paul Stevens “began work on his master’s degree in English at the university in 1941, but soon decided […]

Sex and the Supreme Court

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Responding to the fact that, by nominating Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Barack Obama has now gone two-for-two in appointing women to the High Court — and, assuming she’s confirmed, would triple the number of female Justices in a matter of months — NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez tweets, “Just wondering: are men allowed to […]

Hillary Clinton Too Old For Supreme Court

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Speculating on Supreme Court appointments is a great parlor game and throwing the “pick a politician” wildcard into the game is especially fun. Ezra Klein jumps in with both feet: I’ve always been partial to the idea of seeing Hillary Clinton appointed to the Supreme Court. She’s got a law degree, of course. She’s practiced […]

Supreme Court May Overturn Campaign Finance Laws

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Tomorrow, the Supreme Court is hearing a case that could overturn two recent precedents allowing the restriction of political speech by corporations for the purpose of curbing the appearance of undue influence.  There’s an excellent chance they will do so. That raises ageless questions about the role of stare decisis — the court’s custom of […]

Sotomayor and Affirmative Action

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Julian Sanchez argues that, while Sonia Sotomayor was given special consideration because she’s a Latina at various stages in her life, her case is “pretty close to the ideal of how affirmative action is supposed to work.” From a pool of highly qualified candidates, you let ethnicity act as a tiebreaker. It seems self-evident to […]

White Firefighters Win, Sotomayor Loses

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By a slim 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the white New Haven firefighters whose promotions were denied because not enough non-whites passed the promotion exam.  Among those ruling the other way on the lower court was a certain wise Latina. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, […]

Advil Strip Search Illegal, Says Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court sided with a 13-year-old honor student suspended after she was strip searched for Advil. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a school’s strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said school officials violated the law with their search of […]

Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Race

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Kevin Drum notes that he’s already tired of the “kabuki” that has emerged in reaction to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I both agree that the process is predictable and tedious and that Sotomayor would seem obviously qualified for confirmation.  I would quibble, however, with this: Conservatives, who seem constitutionally unable […]

Ginsburg’s Replacement

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It seems mighty churlish to be speculating about replacements for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg only a day after her surgery for pancreatic cancer but such is punditry.  Jeffrey Toobin gets us started with some interesting considerations: A woman? It seems certain. It’s inconceivable that the Court could be all-male when the legal profession as a […]

Entering College Students

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. School’s about to start and the folks at Beloit University are determined to get their annual 15 minutes of fame while demonstrating that we’re getting really, really old. Students entering college this fall have lived their whole lives in a digital world — where GPS has always been […]