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Elena Kagan: Supreme Court Nominee? All You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, President Obama has a space on the high court to fill. One of the top prospects is Elena Ka...

Anita Hill Should Be Obama's First Supreme Court Nominee: Columnist

Vanity Fair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I'd like to see President Obama appoint Brandeis University law professor Anita Hill. She's reasonably young, smart, and--after her ordeal testifying ...

Diane Wood: Supreme Court Nominee? All You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Diane Wood, a 14-year veteran of the Chicago 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, was an early name tossed into the ring as a possible Obama Supreme Court no...

Arthur Delaney

What We Know About Obama's Supreme Court Philosophy | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Many have speculated that President Obama will be looking for a minority or female to replace the outgoing Supreme Court Justice David Souter. A top c...

Conservative Groups Hold Conference Call To Plot Supreme Court Strategy

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Phone lines around Washington began burning this morning as conservative organizations kicked off preparations for the fight over President Obama's ev...

Harold Koh: Supreme Court Nominee? All You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harold Koh, current dean of the Yale Law School, is one the top prospects for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee once Justice David Souter retire...

Blog Already Polling Potential Souter Replacements

Above The Law | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ATL readers, there are many names being bandied about as potential nominees for the Supreme Court. We've narrowed the list to nine people who have bee...

Obama Must Not Waver On A Souter Replacement

Oliver Willis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Oliver Willis

Obama should be constantly reminded that he has no excuse not to act from a posture of strength. He should appoint an honest-to-goodness liberal to the Supreme Court.

AZ Sheriff: Schools Employees Should Question Children About their Legal Status

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marlene H. Phillips

If Sheriff Clarence Dupnik gets his way, children in Arizona schools may be asked to answer questions that have nothing to do with reading, writing and arithmetic.

One Strip-Search Too Many

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

How many of us are willing to send our preteen and adolescent kids to school each morning, open to the possibility that they may be strip-searched for Tylenol?

Justice Clarence Thomas: Too Much Focus On Rights

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since Feb. 22, 2006. He speaks only to announce his majority opinions, r...

Justice Extends To Bagram, Guantanamo's Dark Mirror

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Whereas Gitmo prisoners had, over the years, secured habeas corpus rights, none of these privileges had been extended to the prisoners in Bagram.

Scalia the Homophobe and Barney Frank the Hero

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

Barney Frank has called one of the most senior justices of the Supreme Court a homophobe.

Court Will Not Expand Minority Voting Rights

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court limited the reach of the Voting Rights Act on Monday, a decision that could make it harder for some minority cand...

My Appointments for the Supreme Court

Christian Nwachukwu, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Nwachukwu, Jr.

Here is my wish list for Supreme Court justices. Is this list biased? Doubtless. I did not undertake this exercise as either journalist or adviser, but rather, as citizen.

Wyeth Loses Supreme Court Case, Opens Consumer Suits Against Pharma

Reuters | Lisa Richwine and James Vicini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the drugmaker Wyeth on Wednesday, holding that pharmaceutical companies can be held liabl...

Supreme Court Decisions Increasingly Influenced By YouTube

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Supreme Court is entering the YouTube era. The first citation in a petition filed with the court last month, for instance, was not to an affidavi...

Our Rights in Peril: The Future of the Courts

Rabbi David Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi David Saperstein

The upcoming change in Administration makes us optimistic that the rightward shift of the courts will end -- but this optimism cannot be an excuse for complacency.

Bad News, Good News For The Guantanamo Uighurs

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

First, the good news. Adel Abdul Hakim, one of five Uighurs (Muslims from China's oppressed Xinjiang province), who was released from Guantánamo in M...

How to Knock Off a Justice or Two

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

Nobody leaves -- these incredibly, horrifyingly old people hang on well past reasonable retirement age. In some sense the mission of the court has been merely to preserve itself, its look, feel and balance.

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part Two)

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

I have covered the Military Commissions in depth and at no point has it ever been demonstrated that the system dreamt up by Cheney and Addington in November 2001 is "fair and honest."

Chicago Handgun Ban Survives First Challenge

Chicago Tribune | Carlos Sadovi and Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago won round one in its defense of the city's handgun ban, but Mayor Richard Daley said today he's looking at less sweeping gun control measures ...

The End of Legal Limbo

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nan Aron

When Mr. Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri legally brought his wife and children from Qatar to Peoria, Illinois, on September 10, 2001, he had planned to earn...

How Guantanamo Can Be Closed: More Advice for Barack Obama

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Several prominent human rights and legal organizations launched a campaign in Berlin on November 10, aimed at persuading European countries to accept cleared prisoners from Guant�namo.

NOAA(H) and the Whales

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christopher Brauchli

Pity the poor whale. All it wants is to peacefully swim in the ocean. Instead it finds itself caught up in a net of litigation and rule-making processes.