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DSK Pleads Not Guilty

He was met by hecklers siding with his alleged sexual assault victim outside the New York Supreme Court, but former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn kept his own words to a minimum, pleading not guilty in a brief court appearance Monday.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


Why Our Broken System Sends the Wrong People to Prison

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, we investigate why so many innocent people end up in prison; find out how much various college majors really pay; look into the future of depression-chic food; and learn why Apple’s high profits threaten teachers. Plus, another special report from the cutting edge by Mr. Fish. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Why Our Broken System Sends the Wrong People to Prison

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, we investigate why so many innocent people end up in prison; find out how much various college majors really pay; look into the future of depression-chic food; and learn why Apple’s high profits threaten teachers. Plus, another special report from the cutting edge by Mr. Fish.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE


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High Court Takes On Immigration Legislation

What are we to make of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, which will make life more difficult for Arizona employers who deliberately hire undocumented workers? The Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen offered his perspective later that day.

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Cleaning Up California’s Cruel Prison System

Much as it did with the South regarding segregated schools and other public facilities in the Jim Crow days, the Supreme Court has ordered a recalcitrant California to obey the Constitution.

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Orders California to Lose as Many as 46,000 Prisoners

California’s overcrowded prisons have “fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements,” causing “needless suffering and death,” according to a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court. The state, which imposes draconian sentences on repeat offenders, must now find a way to reduce its prison population by at least 38,000 inmates.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court: Class Action Lawsuits Are a Privilege, Not a Right

There is a takeaway message from this latest devastating ruling by the Supreme Court, which says there is nothing wrong with giving corporations the power to prevent cheated consumers from banding together to mount class action lawsuits, and it is this ... (more)

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Wisconsin’s Supreme Showdown

Angry Wisconsin liberals are using the state’s Supreme Court election as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker and taking aim at expletive-flinging Justice David Prosser. Will this justice be served?

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Wis. Top Court Race in Dead Heat

Any significant political activity that takes place within the borders of Wisconsin these days is bound to take on a certain intense charge, given Gov. Scott Walker’s recent machinations, and the current battle over a state Supreme Court seat is no exception.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Split on Wal-Mart Suit

Is the law of our land gender-neutral? And might the gender of the justices handling a case—as in the case of the gargantuan and complex sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart under consideration at the U.S. Supreme Court—impact important legal decisions?

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court: Tinkering With the Machinery of Death

On March 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis. It was his last appeal.

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Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

The tea-party-enabled Wisconsin Legislature is working overtime to protect its governor.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Clarence Thomas, You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question during oral arguments in five years. Why the silent treatment? To paraphrase Thomas, why beat up on the visiting lawyers when you already have your mind made up? (more)

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist Judges Strike Again

The Constitution is rooted and understood in terms of its history; without that, it is merely an isolated document, portraying a moment in 1787. We can do without the arriviste Michele Bachmann to tell us exactly what its words mean.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Another Federal Judge Challenges Health Care Law

On Monday, another federal judge from our nation’s south made a bid to squelch President Obama’s big health care win from last year by arguing that the mandatory health insurance component of the law makes the whole thing unconstitutional.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



Clarence Thomas Did Not Disclose Wife’s Income From Conservative Groups

While ruling on cases near and dear to the hearts of his wife’s clients, for 13 years Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report spousal income from conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation because, he claims, he misunderstood the disclosure forms.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 READ MORE


Rahm Emanuel Catches a Break in Mayoral Race

True to form, former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel is putting up a fight to stay in the running in his hometown, and Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court helped his cause by keeping ...

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Vermont Weighs Constitutional Amendment to Ban Corporate Personhood

On the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Vermont politicians are moving to deny corporations the rights that humans enjoy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Rahmbo Has ‘No Doubt’ He Will Prevail

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel suffered a major legal setback in his quest to become Chicago’s next mayor, but he said Monday, “I have no doubt that we will in the end prevail at this effort.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE



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No Warrant Necessary for Cell Phone Searches in California

The California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers in the Golden State don’t need a warrant to be able to peruse the cell phones of those under arrest—a decision that may have troubling implications and may eventually involve the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Every Man His Own Historian

In our post-factual world, history has become another battlefield, with far-flung hostilities over cultural and political differences as well as the imperial adventures abroad.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Sweden’s Top Court Pushes for Assange’s Arrest

Julian Assange is a wanted man. Sweden’s Supreme Court is the latest on the list of concerned parties around the globe to go after the WikiLeaks founder, giving an extant arrest warrant a boost on Thursday for rape charges stemming from last summer.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



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California’s Top Court Upholds Undocumented Immigrant Tuition Policy

Even the California Supreme Court’s conservative contingent agreed Monday to uphold a ruling that gives undocumented immigrants a chance to partake in in-state tuition rates at participating institutions of higher learning.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Court Allows ‘DADT’ Policy for Now

Denying a request by the Log Cabin Republicans, U.S. Supreme Court justices Friday allowed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to remain in place while the issue cycles through the federal appeals court circuit.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


When Democracy Doesn’t Work

In one of Tuesday’s most disturbing election results, the losing candidates didn’t even have opponents.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Top Court Mulls Video Game Violence

The first day of deliberation in the Supreme Court about that perennial legal favorite, violence in video games, brought debate Tuesday about the potential damage done by minors’ exposure to sex versus violence ... and a Founding Fathers joke from Justice Samuel Alito.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE


Why Anita Hill’s Testimony Matters

If Anita Hill told the truth—and I believe she did—then Clarence Thomas lied repeatedly and under oath.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Rise of Sewer Money

In New York, there is a traditional name for the kind of anonymous cash now cascading into the American electoral process.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Invisible Inc.

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporations can go crazy with campaign funding (oh, and they are) without even having to make it clear where their money goes. This is the democracy of the future!

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Three Things to Do When Clarence Thomas’ Wife Calls You

Like many Americans, over the past several years I have been the recipient of multiple unwelcome voice mails from the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Stevens v. Scalia

Now that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens no longer has to see his former colleague Justice Antonin Scalia in the lunchroom every day, he’s free to tell tales out of the top court, which he did earlier this month in a speech criticizing Scalia’s handling of a case from 1991.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


The Thomas Clown Affair

As a wife, I understand where Ginni Thomas is coming from. As a reporter who covered every sordid minute of the Thomas-Hill hearings, I don’t.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Is Clarence Thomas’ Wife Trying to Pick a Fight With Anita Hill?

It turns out Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas isn’t the only troublemaker in the family. His wife, Virginia, just left an unwelcome voicemail for Anita Hill, soliciting an apology 19 years after Hill accused then-nominee Thomas of behaving very badly.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Shadow Class War of 2010

The 2010 election is turning into a class war. The wealthy and the powerful started it. This is a strange development.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



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French Court Bans Veil

France’s highest court has upheld a law banning facial veils in public, with supporters claiming it will protect women’s rights while critics say it abridges religious freedom.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Repulsive but Protected

I don’t know if there’s a hell, but if it exists, the Rev. Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church deserve a place. In this world, their repulsive actions are shielded by the Constitution.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE


Harvest Champion of the Court

Just in time for the opening of the Supreme Court’s new term arrives a biography of one of history’s most influential justices.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Weighing Free Speech Against Hate Speech

What do you get when you mix issues regarding a fallen soldier, free speech, homophobia and gays in the military and throw in hatemonger pastor Fred Phelps and Larry Flynt’s famous court battle with Jerry Fallwell?

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE



‘A’ Is for Afghanistan

Today on the list: Afghanistan on life support, obsessing over punctuation, and how the Supreme Court (kind of) legalized bribery.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


A Chance for Supreme Court Damage Control

With Congress coming back this week, there’s a chance to limit the damage the Supreme Court has caused our democracy.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE


Bickering Over Judicial Nominations

Elena Kagan, no surprise, did not live up to the Kagan standard of openness in answering questions during her confirmation hearing. Mitch McConnell did not live up to the McConnell standard of deference in voting against her.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


The Judge Who Slew Prop. 8

The 14th Amendment is a mighty sword, and U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker used it Wednesday to flay and shred all the specious arguments—and I mean all of them—that are used to deny full marriage rights to gay and lesbian Americans. Bigotry has suffered a grievous blow.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Elena Kagan Gets Her Robe

The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan on Thursday by a vote of 63-37. She will be the nation’s 112th Supreme Court justice and Barack Obama’s second appointment. Once she takes her oaths, it will be the first time, despite her impressive résumé, that Kagan has ever been a judge.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Kagan’s Confirmation Looks Likely

Elena Kagan is almost through the wringer, awaiting a Senate vote later this week on her Supreme Court nomination. Hers has been a fairly uneventful vetting process, and judging by the mood on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, she’ll soon be sporting a black robe.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Judicial Change to Believe In

Here’s when you know something momentous has happened to our struggle over the Supreme Court’s role: When Republicans largely give up talking about “judicial activism,” when liberals speak of the importance of democracy and deference to elected officials, and when judges are no longer seen as baseball umpires.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

What Kind of Supreme Court?

Although we did not discover much about Elena Kagan, confirmation hearings should remind us of what has been remarkable in our constitutional and judicial history.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Kagan Grilled by Senate Panel on Military Recruitment Ban

The Senate Judiciary Committee and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan faced off Tuesday on the second day of Kagan’s confirmation hearing, and as expected, certain committee members were eager to zero in on ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


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SCOTUS, Guns and the Second Amendment

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the individual right to bear arms can’t be impinged upon by local and state governments—a decision that immediately affects Chicago, and as this New York Times editorial argues ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Whose Supreme Court Is It?

This week’s hearings over Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court will mark a sea change in the way liberals argue about the judiciary.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


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