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Well, I’m getting a little bored with the latest opinions to come down from the Court, so lets look at one that is coming up. In Morse v. Fredrick the Court is asked to rule on whether or not Fredrick’s right to hold up a sign that reads BONG HITS 4 JESUS is deserving of [...]

It seems as though the Supreme Court has posted a video on their website here. As I am writing this, the link is not working but I will keep you up to date as this progresses. I have busy these last few days with school/exams/etc. so the blog has been moving along pretty slowly but [...]

Before I get into any more of the recent death penalty cases, let me clear up the Penry decision that seems to be central in all three of these cases. The state of Texas had created a system of questions or “special issues” (the court uses the latter term) for juries to answer that were [...]

We all know that Justices Scalia and Thomas have always written the best dissents and Justice Alito’s dissent in Smith is no exception. Even though Justice Alito avoided most of the classic traps of writing a dissenting opinion like excessively broad analysis and only barely touching on the issues that the majority addresses, he is [...]

I tried desperately yesterday to find something worth blogging about but my searches were all in vain. Today, however, the Court’s ruling in three death penalty cases is just asking to be blogged about. In Smith v. Texas, the Court, in an opinion written by the ever-swinging Justice Kennedy, held that Texas’s Court of Criminal [...]

My Country is Better Than Yours

In the last few weeks watchdog organizations have been slowly uncovering more and more alarming examples of our nation’s sense of patriotism being used to justify decided un-American activities. Blogs were bubbling over allegations from Walter Murphy that he was forced to talk to an airline employee the last time he flew. Quite a few [...]

Now that the dust has finally settled on the Court’s ruling in Gonzales v. Carhart, Feminists are understandably upset and conservative groups are cautiously elated. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of opinions from around the blogosphere have come down with decidedly partisan terms. Feministing got mad at ‘anti-choicers’ while RedState called out ‘advocates of infanticide.’ [...]

Over the last few decades, the Court has been granting review on fewer and fewer cases every year. In the 1929-1930 term, the Court saw 981 cases on its docket and ruled on 156 of them. In the 2002-2003 term, the Court ruled on 84 of the 9,406 cases that came before it. This year [...]

The Court’s decision today to uphold a “partial birth abortion” ban in Gonzalez v. Carhart has been 21-years in the making. Regan-ites Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy joined forces with Thomas, Alito, and the Chief Justice to combat the forces of liberalism that are ever-present in our society. Conservatives have to be pleased with Justices [...]

Madness.

As usual, the mainstream media is imploding with madness over the lastest tragedy to hit America. Instead of thinking about what we can do in the future, a few bored writers decided to start conjecture on what they would do differently if put in the same situation as those who lost their lives. From DailyKos [...]



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