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Let the Prop 8 Trial Be Broadcast

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The Court should lift the temporary stay and permit public access, real access, to the important proceedings occurring in the California District Court.

The Death Penalty Revisited, Again

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Some innocent dead men walking can now take hope. Two cases have been decided in the last four months that suggest it may actually make a difference whether or not the visitor to the death chamber is guilty or innocent.

Sabotage in Senate Over Climate Change

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Today, as world leaders, led by President Obama, struggled deep into the night on a plan to fight climate change, a handful of U.S. senators at home w...

Asheville Atheism Attacked Anew

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Elected officials in North Carolina are constitutionally disqualified from office if they "deny the being of Almighty God." But let us not pick on the ignorant bias of the Tar Heel state.

Supreme Court Will Hear Jeff Skilling's Appeal

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's appeal of his convictions for his role in the colla...

The Ring of Truth

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

A judge in D.C. reluctantly declared a mistrial for Kevin Ring, one of Abramoff's trusted lieutenants. It may be a sign that the reign of honest-services-fraud terror by federal prosecutors is ending.

Gay Marriage And The US Supreme Court: Is It Too Soon To Petition?

The New Yorker | Margaret Talbot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On January 11th, a remarkable legal case opens in a San Francisco courtroom--on its way, it seems almost certain, to the Supreme Court. Perry v. Schwa...

U.S. Shouldn't Jail Youth For Life

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

How the Supreme Court rules in two cases concerning juvenile incarceration could determine whether sentencing juveniles to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment.

Erica Corder Has Case Against Lewis-Palmer High School Thrown Out By

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won't revive a student's lawsuit against a school that punished her for talking about her religion during her hig...

Supreme Court Bans Videotaping to Protect Prop 8 Supporters

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

One of the really great things about this trial was the Judge’s insistence that the supporters of Prop 8 would have to prove their claims that marriage for same-sex couples would somehow hurt society.

Supreme Court Rejects Guantanamo Detainees' Torture Case

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has refused to take up an appeal from former Guantanamo Bay detainees who say they were tortured and denied relig...

Prop. 8 Federal Lawsuit Begins, Cue Right-Wing Media Hysteria

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Few other issues whip the conservative media chattering class into a frenzy like the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. This unprecedented federal legal challenge is unlikely to be any different.

Supreme Court Ruling Expected To End Limits On Political Contribution From Corporations, Unions

New York Times | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law expected within days, a series of other court decisions is reshaping the political...

Referendum 71: US Supreme Court Judge Blocks Release Of Names In Gay Rights Ballot Fight

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who sig...

Supreme Court's New Season: Looking Ahead

Wall Street Journal | JESS BRAVIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Questions before the Supreme Court, which begins its new term Monday, include corporate political spending, dog-fighting videos, a cross in the desert...

Obama Plans to Reform Economy, Not Just Health Insurance

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The teabaggers are apoplectic because this isn't just about health care. This is about the values of a government.

Imprisoned Democrat Paul Minor's Appeal Has Major 1st Amendment Implications

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Without quid pro quo proof of a deal between donor and recipient, anyone, could be accused of "bribery" just for giving money to a candidate running for office, as Paul Minor was.

History Will Judge

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

You have to wonder whether the Justices are in the service of powers determined to remake America to their advantage, or if they respect themselves and want to make good law.

"Unsettling": Chief Justice John Roberts On Change At Supreme Court

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For Chief Justice John Roberts, the arrival of a new Supreme Court justice is "to some extent .... unsettling." Justice Roberts, a relative newcomer ...

Justice Stevens May Retire Next Year

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has hired fewer law clerks than usual, generating speculation that the leader of the court'...

Anticipating the Incapacitated Justice

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

While it is a disturbing truth that our nation will someday likely confront the tragedy of an incapacitated Supreme Court justice, it is not at all clear which justice that will be.

Supreme Court To Hear Case On Execuitve Pay

New York Times | ADAM LIPTAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last summer, Richard A. Posner, a federal appeals court judge, issued a surprising and prescient dissent. Executive pay is out of control, he said, an...

Obama Welcomes Sotomayor As First Hispanic Justice

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama threw a big White House party Wednesday to celebrate Sonia Sotomayor as the Supreme Court's first Latino jus...

Obama Should Nominate Feingold Next to Supreme Court

Matthew Rothschild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Rothschild

Obama would do himself proud, and his progressive base proud, and the Constitution proud, by nominating Russ Feingold to fill the next vacancy on the Supreme Court.

The GOP Proves They Need Latina Wisdom

Mario Solis-Marich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Solis-Marich

GOP, let me warn you, your affront to Sotomayor is seen as an affront to all Latinas and will not be forgotten easily. This will stick. You are now officially doomed.