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…I doubt it, but history suggests that Justices who were out of touch with their contemporaries periodically appear rather favorably to future generations. I was culling through my old copy of “The Supreme Court in US History” for some other posts (here and here) when I discovered this interesting passage about the great Chief Justice [...]

The Washington Post had a article recently about the way in which more and more American’s are viewing the court as too conservative. 33% of Americans feel that the Court is too conservative and only 47% believe that the court is balanced. 55% of Americans agree with the court’s ruling in Carhart but 70% disagree [...]

Apparently Arlen Specter isn’t particularly happy with the recent Stare Decisis-related performances of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. I’m not exactly sure what he wants to do about it, but it looks like he just wants to take a look at past decisions and remarks from the two Justices and decide whether or not [...]

By now, you should all know that I’m not a fan of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District. In my humble opinion, the majority made a policy decision by contending that desegregation is good, but the way this community chose to go about it wasn’t effective. The [...]

Just as I was starting to think that the WSJ was shedding a bit of its conservative bias, Peter Lattman writes this. He writes a short post that glorifies the suddenly clear-cut message that the Roberts Court is sending to lower courts. In Lattman’s opinion: [I]n case after case, the court shifted toward what Chief [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

In anticipation of this week’s school-board cases, news wires across the country have been flooded with analysis of the court. Their conclusion is the same as mine: the court has shifted to the right and it isn’t going to get better for a while. Robyn Blumner of the St. Petersburg Times has a particularly interesting [...]

Oh Ruth

My new favorite picture ever. Ruth Bader (Justice Ginsburg?) looks wonderfully uncomfortable in front of what looks like a 7th grade science fair project. Click on the picture for a high-res version and click here to see the website the picture comes from.

Jeffrey Rosen has written a scathing critique of Anthony Kennedy in the latest issue of the The New Republic. He claims that “Anthony Kennedy seems most at home when he is lecturing others about morality.” Here are some interesting excerpts: The grandiosity of Kennedy’s self-image was on full display in a 2005 interview he gave [...]



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