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Citizens United Has Left Our Political System in Shambles

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

January 21 will mark the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the court's history.

Mystery: Who Is Demeaning the Supreme Court?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Answer: Its own members. For years I have been railing against conservatives for eroding confidence in our judicial system by the constant litany of charging judges with being "activists," "following their own agenda," "legislating from the bench," "thwarting the will of the majority" and being "soft on crime."

Marriage Equality V. Religious Freedom: Ready, Set, Go!

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 06.29.2016 | Religion
Jennifer Knapp

Marriage Equality is now the law of the land. Finally, each marriage in this country will be protected and afforded the equal opportunities, rights and benefits they deserve.

Justice Roberts Needs a History Tutor

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Lev Raphael

Picking such shining examples of enlightened behavior reveals very distorted logic that's obscured by reasonable-sounding prose. Roberts is no Scalia when it comes to rhetoric, but his thinking seems almost as muddy today.

'VaporCare': Mitch McConnell Plays Chief Justice Roberts for a Fool

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

"VaporCare" joins Paul Ryan's "VoucherCare" for senior citizens as the two pillars of Republican approaches to health care: don't provide it all or, if it is already provided, reduce it.

There Is No Suspense: SCOTUS Has Already Decided to Kill Obamacare

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

This Supreme Court is not really a court, but another branch dedicating itself to the Republican party's agenda. It is to the fair, balanced and logical application of justice what Fox News is to news.

Post-Racist America

Jonathan Richards | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Pandora's Supreme Court

Brian Ross | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

What the SCOTUS historically has not engaged in since the days of the Robber Barons, though, seems to be pattern and practice of the Roberts SCOTUS: Libertarian pro-corporate, anti-government, anti-citizen rulings that serve the most narrow and wealthy of interests.

The Supreme Court Rules With a Caveat in the Wings: Is Your Smartphone Public or Private?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

It appears that Chief Justice Roberts feels that if a social media company states that they have access to view and analyze your posts, content, and relationships, then that ought to be fair game for the government (and law enforcement), too.

The Roberts Court Gave Affirmative Action Its Last Rites, It's Up to Us to Revive It

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

Liberty and equality don't just happen: They must be valued and protected by law.

Of Overstated Claims of Religious Freedom and Judicial Integrity: Chief Justice John Roberts

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The Roberts Court has been characterized as pro-business. It is, but this is not surprising in a country where 99 percent of the wealth is held by a t...

And Marriage Makes Three: A Gay Rights Trilogy Secures a Legacy

Julie A. Nice | Posted 09.02.2013 | San Francisco
Julie A. Nice

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling this week in U.S. v. Windsor invalidating Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act follows a path carefully forged by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Why a Gay Marriage Backlash Is Unlikely

William D. Blake | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
William D. Blake

Few pundits think that the justices will legalize gay marriage across the board, if for no other reason than the Court's anxiousness over a potential backlash from the public. I believe these fears the justices may hold are misguided.

Ready for Progress

Walker Bragman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Walker Bragman

Denying people the right to marry who they love denies them equal protection under the law because the court has already ruled that the right to marriage is a fundamental right. It's not a complicated issue.

Prediction: 6-3, DOMA and Prop 8 Both Fall; Opinion by Chief Justice Roberts

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Is it improper for the Chief Justice to join a majority to control the tone and scope of the opinion?

Chief Justice Roberts Is Devilishly Clever

Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most people knew Roberts was a smart guy. If this set of thoughts has any merit, he is a lot smarter and cleverer than most people ever imagined. But, that is not all that he was being clever about.

The Supreme Court Dodges a Bullet?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Now that the dust is settling around the Supreme Court's decision upholding national health care, it's possible that the justices saved themselves as well as the Affordable Care Act.

Chief Justice Roberts Did Not 'Call Balls and Strikes' in His Health Care Decision

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Any appellate judge will tell you that there are some decisions "that just won't write". A judge will vote for a particular outcome, be assigned the opinion, and then find that he or she is unable to support the outcome and switches sides.

Has America's Fire Been Contained?

Ethan Casey | Posted 09.04.2012 | Home
Ethan Casey

I've been intending to share a sketch of the itinerary I'm planning for my drive around the USA this fall for my next book, but that keeps getting overtaken by events. I'm starting to get used to the idea that this might be the way it goes for any of us from now on.

The Affordable Care Act, Yogi Berra, and a Tax Is Not a Tax

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Remember, too, achieving and maintaining the health of a person in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Romney provided its citizens when he signed into law "Romneycare" is no different than what every citizen wants to see related to his or her health!

BOTH SIDES: SCOTUS 'Hearts' POTUS on Health & Hispanics, But Confuses Metaphor With Reality on Personhood

HuffPost Radio | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgWas this week a political inflection point because of decisions on ACA, Arizona "papers please" and corporations as "people"?

See Something, Say Something

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America and a giant step forward for justice for children. Until this week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison. Now about two thousand people who were sentenced to die in prison as juveniles have hope for a new hearing and a new sentence. While it is disappointing that the Court did not ban the practice outright, we must keep working toward justice for children and end the devastating Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment, and premature death.

Hope Rules! On the Supreme Court's Ruling on Obamacare

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Chief Justice Roberts demonstrated that one person's out-of-the-box, thoughtful approach to a complex problem can change an outcome and save lives. The decision offers hope at three levels.

The Obamacare Surprise: Chief Justice Roberts' Brilliance as Institutional Strategist

Peter M. Shane | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Of the many dozens of predictions I had heard, many foresaw a 5-4 vote, but I know of no one who expected a 5-4 vote in favor of the individual mandate that would align Chief Justice John Roberts alone with the Court's four more liberal justices.

Justice Roberts' Extremely Conservative Obamacare Opinion

Chris Ladd | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Chris Ladd

This ruling may be a disappointment. However, if we are serious about having the courts exercise greater respect for the separation of powers, then we have to embrace that philosophy even when it's politically inconvenient.