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Chief Justice John Roberts

Will There Be Crude Justice or True Justice For Oil Spill Victims?

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

This week marked the opening of the new Supreme Court term, with John Roberts at the helm, the conservative majority champing at the bit, and the newe...

Letter to a Smug Man

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

Our democratic process is drowning in an overwhelming tidal wave of anonymous money -- from where? CEOs? Bidders on government contracts? Firms regulated by the government? Drug cartels?

Arizona Highways

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Passing the Sword

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Two summers ago, I blogged with great concern about a statement made by Justice Scalia in the Supreme Court's landmark Second Amendment opinion, District of Columbia v. Heller. Since the Heller decision, many gun rights commentators have used Scalia's construct to link the need for unfettered access to firearms with a right to engage in political violence against the Obama administration. Now, the same five-justice majority as in Heller determined that the holding applies to the states.

Citizens United Is Just the Tip of the Supreme Court's Pro-Corporate Iceberg

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The President, the press, and the public have been rightly outraged by the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC to allow corporation...

Christian Bias and Supreme Court Extremism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Supreme Court revealed to the world recently an extraordinary religious extremism that belies any quaint notion of judicial restraint.

Activist Judges, Class Is in Session

Jeff Shesol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Shesol

I hope the President will begin to address some much larger questions: beyond the narrow objective of upholding his programs, what does he really want from the Supreme Court? We could all use some serious, enlightened instruction.

We the People v. the Roberts Court

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

Here we go again. The balance of justice between businesses and citizens is being tested this week in the Supreme Court. If recent history is a guide, this may not end well.

Democracy Not for the "Touchy, Feely"

Chris Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Cassidy

Governance is a contact sport that shouldn't allow for having your ideas voted on while you cower from public scrutiny. Voters who passed the Public Records Act understood that; the Supreme Court's respect for that judgment should be applauded.

Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Animal Cruelty Law

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt animals a serious blow in its ruling today, upholding a decision that invalidated the federal law banning the commercial sale of videos showing extreme acts of animal cruelty.

Week's Funniest Joke: GOP Demands Obama Nominate Mainstream Candidate to Supreme Court

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Obama should nominate an overtly leftist candidate as a counterweight to the right wing extremism of Alito, Roberts and Scalia. Let the GOP filibuster, and bluster. Bring it on.

What Are Honest Services?

James D. Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James D. Zirin

No one can seriously doubt that we live in a time sadly memorialized by the dishonesty and hypocrisy of public officials. Is prosecuting them under an "honest services" statue effective?

Who's Activist Now? The Roberts Court Bends Over Backwards For Its Corporate Friends

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

The sky is falling! A Democratic president is making judicial appointments and conservative Chicken Littles are raising the usual ruckus about the t...

Karamel Sutra Obama Causes a Stir

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

The White House confirmed today that Obama checked only the "Black, African Am., or Negro" box on his 2010 Census form.

Elena Kagan: Bench the Judge-Umpire Analogy

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Chief Justice Roberts declared during his confirmation hearing that "Judges are like umpires... Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them." There are three strikes against this analogy.

"Off the Rack" Roberts

Stephanie Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Stephanie Green

When he steps out on the town at parties like the Washington National Opera Ball at the Russian embassy, Chief Justice John Roberts admits his tuxedos are in keeping with his midwestern style.

Obama v. Roberts: A Pseudo Event

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

ABC evening news offered us the ultimately silly and misplaced story of John Roberts' remarks about Obama's criticism of his Court's recent ruling. Once again, historical memory is sacrificed to the interests of a "good story."

Supreme Court Justice Roberts Fibbed in Alabama, and YouTube Proves It

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

In a speech he gave at the University of Alabama, Roberts was engaging in political hyperbole. Given today's low standards of civility, he's lucky some student didn't yell out, "You lie!"

John Roberts' Troubled Psyche

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Sometimes high-profile public figures do reveal something meaningful about themselves. John Roberts' concern over the fact that he had to sit "expressionless" while Obama criticized the Citizens' United ruling is one of them.

John Roberts Stepping Down? 'RadarOnline' Claims Supreme Court Chief Justice Considering Quitting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE 4:55 AM ET -- Anatomy of a rumor. So, it turns out that the rumor of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts's resignation was all a prank sta...

Heeere's Johnny

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Only time will tell whether the monetary floodgates will open to corporate involvement in political campaigns since businesses can now make independent expenditures in support of candidates or parties.

Why Citizens United Is a Fraud: A Guide for Non-Lawyers

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Here's a 10 point guide to an absurd, abstract, unprincipled, historic game-changer of a decision on Citizens v. United.

The Conservative War on Democracy: The Puppet Supreme Court

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

While the January 21st Supreme Court decision in the case of Citizens United vs. FEC can be viewed narrowly as granting corporations the right to spen...

Scowling Justice, Smiling Justice

Jeff Shesol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Shesol

What should really concern us is not the words justices mutter under their breath but the words they commit to paper.

New Political Reality TV Network Announced

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas Forbes

Recent developments in national debate over campaign finance reform have had an instantaneous and wholesale effect on television. That's right, move over "Jersey Shore" and nightly news.