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Supreme Court Saw Only One African-American Lawyer In Last 75 Hours Of Arguments

Supreme Court Saw Only One African-American Lawyer In Last 75 Hours Of Arguments

Commented May 13, 2013 at 09:55:00 in Politics

“I think, when one looks at geographical origins, professional experience and religion, this is among the least "diverse" and "representative" Courts in history. The author is living in fantasy land.”

elmatador451 on May 13, 2013 at 10:41:33

“I agree. There was a meme that I saw a while ago that said something along the lines of "Most Diverse Supreme Court in U.S. History" and at the bottom it said, "Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Yale, etc."”

oopscdaysz on May 13, 2013 at 10:13:41

“your IQ is dramatically lower than your fan totals”
Ask Now About the Pardon Power

Ask Now About the Pardon Power

Commented Sep 21, 2012 at 17:43:31 in Politics

“An excellent point well made. Bravo.”
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Republicans Blow Another Opportunity to Reach Black America

Commented Sep 19, 2007 at 13:28:13 in Politics

“It is almost as if the Republicans believe African-Americans will not turn out in impressive numbers and that 95 percent will vote Democrat regardless. Where do they get these ideas?”

flathead on Sep 19, 2007 at 18:49:32

“Where is your date re: black turnout?”
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Pardon Clause: A Bit of Monarchy in Our Great Democracy

Commented Jul 10, 2007 at 00:12:40 in Politics

“I respectfully disagree and here is the reason why. True reform of the pardon power will never come from the legislative branch. Pardons are recommended by members of Congress. They are a form of constituency service. In addition, no member of Congress cares enough to do anything. The "investigations" and committee hearings are mere grandstanding on the way to more election significant issues. True reform can only come from the judiciary, which needs to rethink its very poor decision in U.S. v. Wilson. Meanwhile, Congress should insist that the Attorney General do what was done up until 1932, report the name of every clemency recipient and details of the president's decision. That is the kind of light that is needed at this point. Meanwhile, to better understand my point of view, go ahead and try find the names of the persons pardoned by Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan. See what happens. Mr. Blackhole will be on you before you know it!”
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The Progressive Case for a Libby Pardon

Commented Jun 14, 2007 at 02:15:49 in Politics

“1. Bush will not have to explain himself 2. He will not have to answer questions 3. Whether or not Libby "accepts" anything is beside the point, he has no constitutional right to jail 4. Another court has stated that a pardon "releases the punishment and blots out of existence the guilt, so that in the eye of the law the offender is as innocent as if he had never committed the offence" (reference Clinton's pardon of Henry Flipper). Other than these small points, the analysis is about average.”
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Pardon My Obsession, Scooter Libby

Commented Jun 11, 2007 at 01:36:54 in Politics

“My dear James. No need to cross the ocean for this type of drama. We have an American version! In 1841, the William Brown went to sinking, not far from the place where Titanic would dip 75 years later. 41 people exited Brown in a 22-foot boat which later encountered violent storms. Alexander Holmes became a star in a passenger tossing exercise because the boat was simply carrying too much weight. The trial which followed was sensational, reported world wide and allowed everyone a chance to think about individual and corporate responsibility as well as the state of nature. John Tyler was heavily lobbied to pardon Holmes but, instead, employed another brand of clemency with which most are not familiar. While I am not making predictions, I find it entertainging that no one seems to realize that Bush might behave in a similar fashion. Best,”
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Bush's Libby Pardon Pickle

Commented Jun 6, 2007 at 10:20:40 in Politics

“This post could not be more incorrect. Bush can delay Libby's entrance into prison with a series of respites right up to the end of the administration. Thus, there is no pickle, not from the standpoint of clemency.