An Observation or Two on SCOTUS

Well, more than two…

Should Sonia Sotomayor Retire?

Of party, duty, age, and political roulette.

Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo Under Investigation

The DC district attorney’s office is looking into allegations of masssive tax fraud.

Is This Time Different?

America survived a civil war and the turmoil of the 1960s. Can we rebound again?

America’s “Family Secret” or Just Plain Denial?

Slavery is an inextricable part of our past, whether we want to talk about it or not.

Compelled Speech and Public Accommodation

The Supreme Court sided with an anti-gay website designer.

Supreme Court Sides with Company Over Teamster Vandals

Dueling headlines give radically different impressions of the same case.

Transphobic Cruelty

When prejudice overrides simple humanity.

Education Department Issues Regulations on Transgender Sports Competition

A sensible compromise on a controversial issue.

Biden Student Loan Forgiveness in Danger

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is signaling an unfavorable ruling.

Punishment for Acquitted Conduct

The Supreme Court may revisit a controversial criminal justice ruling.

Crisis of Confidence

Why have Americans lost trust in their institutions?

SCOTUS Declines to Declare American Samoans Citizens

The court, rightly, punted the issue to Congress and local leaders.

Supreme Court Demographics

The class photo has changed.

Judicial Supremacy vs Popular Constitutionalism

Who should have the final say on the law of the land?

White House Rudderless, Aimless, and Hopeless?

Some Democrats are less than pleased.

SCOTUS Upholds High School Coach’s 50-Yard-Line Prayers

The Supreme Court has reversed decades of precedent on church-state separation.

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

The leaked draft is now the law of the land.

SCOTUS Blocks Texas Social Media Law (for Now)

A slim majority upheld an injunction, kicking the can down the road.

The Least Dangerous Branch?

The apparently eminent demise of abortion rights has reignited an old debate.

SCOTUS Mythology Exposed

We deserve better.

SCOTUS Blocks Federal Vaccine Mandate

The highest court in the land issued a split decision on President Biden’s COVID policy.

Vaccine Mandates are Popular and (Often) Legal

Despite a rising groundswell of support, the obvious solution to our crisis has not been implemented.

SCOTUS Strikes Down Disclosure Law

Another 6-3 decision along ideological lines.

Supreme Court Ends ‘Amateur’ Collegiate Sports

Most NCAA restrictions violate anti-trust law.

Joe Manchin’s Weird Filibuster Defense

It doesn’t work like the movies, Senator.

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SCOTUS Lifts California Worship Ban

How should we balance public health and fundamental rights?

Supreme Court Says Eastern Oklahoma is Indian Country?!

Congress forgot to disestablish a Creek Reservation created by treaty in 1833 and 1856 when it made Oklahoma a state in 1909.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

A reprise of an almost identical case with a different group of Justices–and the Chief Justice switching sides.

Supreme Court Hears Gun Rights Case But Likely Won’t Rule On Merits

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Supreme Court heard a significant Second Amendment case, but it is unlikely to rule on the merits of the case.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In DACA Challenge

The Supreme Court took up the DACA issue today. No matter what it decides, this will likely become a big issue in the 2020 elections.

Federal Court Blocks Alabama Abortion Law

A Federal District court Judge in Alabama has blocked implementation of that state’s latest attempt to challenge Roe v. Wade

Justices Divided On Extending Civil Rights Laws To LGBT Employees

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held oral argument in a series of cases asking it to decide if existing civil rights laws cover discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Ginsburg Offers Praise For Gorsuch And Kavanaugh

Justice Ginsburg has some kind words for her two newest co-workers, perhaps to the surprise of many of Ginsburg’s own supporters.

RBG Speaks Out Against Court Packing Schemes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t very impressed by the proposals made by several liberal politicians lately to increase the size of the Supreme Court to counterbalance the conservative tilt created by the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh confirmations.

No, the Supreme Court isn’t about to Stop Congress from Delegating to the Executive

A law professor reads too much into a cryptic concurrence.

Should NeverTrumpers Become Democrats?

A considerable number of Republican have effectively left our party over Donald Trump. Should we go all the way?

Supreme Court Strikes Down Residency Requirement For Liquor Sales License

The Supreme Court issued a significant ruling on Monday that could make it easier to buy and sell alcoholic beverages across state lines.

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Gorsuch Confounding Expectations

President Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment has joined the liberal bloc on several cases.

Supreme Court Orders New Trial For Death Row Inmate Due To Tainted Jury

The Supreme Court ordered a new trial in the case of a Mississippi defendant whose trial was tainted by a prosecutor who routinely struck black jurors from the jury pool.

Supreme Court Dismisses Virginia Legislature’s Effort To Challenge Racial Gerrymandering Ruling

The Supreme Court rejected an effort by the Virginia House of Delegates to overturn a Federal Court ruling that the state’s district lines constituted gerrymandering by race. But they didn’t rule on the merits of the appeal.

Four Years After The Worst Escalator Ride In History

Four years ago, Donald Trump began his campaign for President. What has followed has been as bad as could have been predicted that day.

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Justice Thomas Quashes Retirement Rumors

Justice Clarence Thomas is seemingly putting to rest any reports that he’s considering retiring in the near future.

Kamala Harris Wants To Use Federal Authority To Monitor State Abortion Laws

Kamala Harris is trying to jump-start her Presidential campaign with an idea for a new law, but it’s probably unconstitutional and would never get through Congress.

McConnell Says Senate Would Fill SCOTUS Vacancy In 2020

Mitch McConnell has had an unsurprising change of heart on the issue of Senate consideration of Supreme Court nominees in a Presidential election year.

Louisana’s Democratic Governor to Sign Abortion Ban

Jon Bel Edwards is a reminder that our divide is cultural, not just partisan.

Supreme Court Appears Poised To Uphold Census Citizenship Question

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appears poised to uphold the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Lanham Act is FUCT

The Supreme Court is likely to finish striking down restrictions on offensive trademarks.

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Supreme Court Rules No Right to ‘Painless Death’

The replacement of Anthony Kennedy with Brett Kavanaugh is already having a significant impact.

Justices Divided on Partisan Gerrymandering

Oral argument hints that we may have a 5-4 ruling allowing state legislatures to continue stacking the deck.