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Judges and 'Speaking Out'

Joel Cohen | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Joel Cohen

Would those who criticize Justice Stevens' public statements and writings, particularly concerning public financing of elections, stop just because they could be certain he would have totally ended his career as a judge?

The 3 Things Scalia Gets Wrong

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia got a lot of attention for his colorful interview with New York magazine on Sunday. While most of his claims were...

First Nighter: In "Arguendo" Elevator Repair Service Makes a Good Argument for Unbridled Enjoyment

David Finkle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Although I can't say I followed everyone of the ins and outs of Elevator Repair Service's Arguendo, at the Public, I had great fun trying to. That's ...

'I Think Now I Am The Hardest-Working Justice'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has no doubt about how well she does her job. In an interview with USA Today, Ginsburg said she's "the ha...

Rob Portman, Nancy Reagan and the Empathy Deficit

Steven Conn | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

Before the applause for Senator Portman grows too enthusiastic, let's also note that his embrace of marriage equality reveals a fundamental failure of empathy in the first place. After all, we ought to assume that if not for his gay son, Portman would still oppose gay marriage.

Shopping for Judges in the Bulger Trial

Anthony Amore | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
Anthony Amore

It's a sad day for the criminal justice system in the country when a respected and esteemed judge like Richard Stearns can be removed from a trial based on desperate and groundless claims from a renowned madman.

Marginalizing American Women to Second Class Status

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

To keep hearing the same political debates around our country regarding abortion, women's pay, and women's health is so surreal that sometimes I feel like a time-traveling protagonist in a sci-fi film, in which I missed a turn and went back a century.

How Retired Justice David Souter Can Save the U.S. Supreme Court

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

Those who care about the independence of the judicial branch should do everything in their power to save the Supreme Court. This includes justices who have left the Court.

How Roberts Orchestrated Citizens United

The New Yorker | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

When Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was first argued before the Supreme Court, on March 24, 2009, it seemed like a case of modest impo...

Retiring Justice Stevens Writing Book On 5 Chief Justices

WSJ | Ashby Jones | Posted 06.29.2011 | Books

Retirement (or at least the retirement we plan for ourselves someday: a total and complete devotion to cheap gin, expensive chorizo, bad golf, daytime...

A Coda to the Kagan Nomination: Empathy, Impartiality and the (Mis)Education of Jeff Sessions

John Paul Rollert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Paul Rollert

Those who believe that the law is not always so clear, that Constitutional values will sometimes be at odds, will argue that Justices will occasionally have to look beyond the law.

The Five Factors I Hope the President Considers When Choosing the New Supreme Court Justice

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The new justice must be just liberal enough to be outraged by the philosophies of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

David Souter Harvard Speech: Former Supreme Court Justice Talks Judicial Philosophy (VIDEO, FULL TEXT)

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

*Scroll for full text* At Harvard Law School's May 27 commencement ceremony, former Supreme Court Justice David Souter spoke about what he knows be...

Partisan Crashers: CNN Knows What It's Getting with Erickson

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chez Pazienza

You don't give a forum to a guy who worships at the swollen feet of Rush Limbaugh and not expect him to draw controversy; on the contrary, it's why you hire him in the first place.

Now We're Supposed to Fret that She's Not a Mother?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

Are you persuaded that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not gay, and that it should never have mattered anyway? Good, because now we can move on to her next supposed shortcoming.

Sotomayor Takes Her Place On High Court Bench

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor has taken her seat at the Supreme Court in front of a packed courtroom that included President Barack Obama...

Sotomayor Expected To Favor Campaign Finance Restrictions In Upcoming Case

Washington Independent | Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The upcoming re-argument of the case of Citizens United v. FEC, challenging corporate contributions to the financing of Hillary: The Movie, is raising...

"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 ...

Sonia and the Supremes

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shawn Healy

Given the alignment of stars in Sotomayor's strive for the Supremes, her sterling resume made confirmation all but inevitable.

Obama's Second Hundred Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Our look back at Obama's second 100 days will begin with a short overview, and then move on to the categories: "the best of times," "the worst of times," and "the age of (media) foolishness."

Forget Being "Borked," She's Been "Sotomayored"

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

It's clear the conservative press has little interest in ascertaining the veracity of right-wing smears against Sotomayor before advancing them.

Crying "Activist"

Jessica Loudis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Loudis

Perhaps the right questions aren't whether or not Sotomayor is an activist or if she's biased in favor of minorities, but rather, what kind of perspective she'll be bringing to the court.

David Souter's Last Day On The Supreme Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's Justice David Souter's last day on the Supreme Court and he'll be ruling on a case familiar to the woman nominated to replace ...

Message to Republicans: Attacking Sotomayor is Another Nail in Your Coffin

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's been utterly fascinating to witness the speed and consistency of the vitriol heaped on Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's choice for the United States Supreme Court.

Sonia Sotomayor and the Hypocrisy of "Conservative" Critics

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

If conservatives truly believe in conservative judicial principles, then they should be delighted with Judge Sotomayor's apparent views on affirmative action and campaign finance regulation.