Archive for the 'Clarence Thomas' Category



All of the law blogs on the internet are exploding with analysis about how the 2006 term is the sign of a major revolution in Constitutional Theory that will undo a lot of the moderate-conservative work of the Rhenquist Court (1985-2005). Balkanization, SCOTUSblog, The New York Times here and here, Washington Post, Prawfsblawg, Georgetown Law [...]

Political hypocrisy is nothing new. A week ago, Barack Obama was speaking to religious organization about speakers who speak to religious organizations. When I search for ‘hypocritical’ in my RSS reader, I get a dozen hits ranging from an otherwise unimportant Bishop claiming that Giuliani’s stance on abortion is hypocritical to a ThinkProgress article calling [...]

The court’s last cases are being handed down as I type this. The conservative block of the court wins the Leegin, a case revolving around vertical integration and pricing laws. The court’s liberal block won a death penalty case that now upholds laws that restrict the use of the death penalty on people who have [...]

One of the cases that we’ve been looking forward too the most, Morse v. Fredrick, was decided today. By a vote of 6-3, the court held that Principal Deborah Morse was not acting unconstitutionally when she suppressed Fredrick’s right to hold up a banner that read ‘BONG HITS 4 JESUS.’ You can read my recap [...]

There has been a lot of talk lately about the life and jusrisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas. Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher discuss at length the experiences that molded Justice Thomas into the most predictable justices the court has seen in quite some time. Even though he says the least, Justice Thomas can always be [...]

The word on the street is that Justice Thomas hasn’t said a single word in oral argumenents since February 22, 2006. Whenever I analyze oral arguments (here most recently) I always mention how he silent during oral arguments but I had no idea that this has been going on for over a year. The best [...]



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