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New Jersey Backs Same-Sex Unions

Hurrah for the Garden State, whose state Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples are entitled to “the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2006 READ MORE


John Gilmore at the airport

Want to Fly? Your Papers, Please

Did you know that airline officials can’t force you to show your ID before a flight? Every sign you see at U.S. airports that says otherwise is false. Also, the regulations governing this area are being kept secret from the public. Read about the man petitioning the Supreme Court to shed light on the situation.

Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


Steve Bradbury

Bush, Infallible to His Sycophants

Testifying before Congress yesterday, the Justice Department’s top lawyer had a succinct answer to a question posed by a senator about whether Bush was wrong or right in his interpretation of the Supreme Court’s Hamdan case: “The President is always right.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Is Flouting Court After Gitmo Ruling

Constitutional expert and best-selling author Glenn Greenwald reminds us that the Supreme Court’s Hamdan decision not only outlawed Bush’s military tribunals, but also removed any conceivable argument to support Bush’s illegal wiretapping programs.

  • Greenwald: “Journalists should begin asking the Justice Department every day what their legal justification for warrantless eavesdropping is now that Hamdan has rendered frivolous their prior legal arguments in defense of the President.”

  • Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Marie Cocco: King George, Dethroned

    As we celebrate our Independence Day, let us thank the Supreme Court for granting us deliverance from the tyranny of a president who tried to fashion himself king.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    John Paul Stevens
    AP / J. Scott Applewhite

    Truthdigger of the Week: John Paul Stevens

    Truthdig salutes the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which struck down the military tribunals Bush set up to try Guantanamo detainees. But more important, this decision, in the words of a Yale law professor, “effectively undermines the Administration’s strongest claims about Presidential power,” and may constitute the legal framework necessary to halt the more egregious of Bush’s civil liberties-infringing programs—like warrantless wiretapping and holding terrorism suspects without trial.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling: Gitmo Brass Shrugs, Bush Lawyer Shudders

    The admiral in charge of the Guantanamo military detention center said he doubts Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on presidential authority will have any effect on his operations. But a Bush administration lawyer wasn’t as sanguine, saying about the decision, “It’s very broad, it’s very significant, and it’s a slam.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Washington Post: Court Ruling a Body Blow to Bush

    In an analysis, the Washington Post says, “the Supreme Court has struck at the core of his presidency and dismissed the notion that the president alone can determine how to defend the country.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Court Ruling May Cancel Bush’s ‘Blank Check’ for Terror War

    Specifically, today’s Supreme Court ruling held that the president overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

  • But more important, Think Progress interprets the ruling to mean that “the Authorization for the Use of Military Force—issued by Congress in the days after 9/11—is not a blank check for the administration.”
  • Also, SCOTUSblog says the ruling means that the Geneva Convention does apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda, and consequently “this almost certainly means that the CIA’s interrogation tactics of waterboarding and hypothermia (and others) violate the War Crimes Act.”

  • Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    gerrymandering Texas
    From MSNBC

    Court Upholds Gerrymandering Madness

    The Supreme Court ruled that state legislators may draw new electoral maps as often as they like—meaning that we’ll likely see new gerrymandered voting districts every time there is a power shift at a state capital.
    Disgustingly enough, this ruling is actually a vindication for Tom DeLay.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Supreme Court Rejects Vermont’s Campaign Finance Law

    This is a complicated issue. We’ll let the Washington Post take it: “The Supreme Court struck down Vermont’s strict limits on campaign contributions and spending yesterday, in a splintered ruling that left intact the constitutional basis of current campaign finance laws but may make it difficult to put new curbs on money in politics.”

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    George W. Bush
    From ronlim.com

    Supreme Court to Fact-Check Bush’s Global Warming Distortions

    On the very day that Bush again peddled the blatant misrepresentation that “there’s a debate over whether [global warming] is man-made or naturally caused,” the Supreme Court injected some sanity into our discourse by announcing it will decide whether the federal government must regulate emissions of new cars to combat global warming.
    Bush’s claims are only slightly more ludicrous in light of the fact that he made them while Washington, D.C., stands submerged in 18 inches of global-warming-propelled storm water.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Supreme Court Upholds No-Knock Police Search

    Samuel Alito’s conservatism has begun to make itself felt.

    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Supreme Court Limits Whistle-Blower Lawsuits

    The court today ruled that First Amendment guarantees do not always protect government employees when they speak out pursuant to their official capacities—as opposed to as citizens speaking out on matters of public concern.

  • Here’s how SCOTUSblog interprets the ruling: “This apparently means that employees may be disciplined for their official capacity speech, without any First Amendment scrutiny, and without regard to whether it touches on matters of ‘public concern’—a very significant doctrinal development.”

  • Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Scalia to Conservatives: Butt Out!

    Justice Antonin Scalia told fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill to butt out of the Supreme Court’s business in regards to using foreign law in its constitutional rulings. “It’s none of your business,” he said during a speech.

    Posted on May 19, 2006 READ MORE


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