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Do corporations have Constitutional rights?
Thirty-nine brave men signed the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and cemented the foundation of our legal system, democracy and way of life for the centuries that followed.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
The Daily Princetonian
Jepson School professor discusses the tenets of John Marshall at James Madison lecture
John Marshall, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, was both an ardent advocate of judicial constructionism and supporter of central government, Gary McDowell said at a lecture on Monday. McDowell, a professor at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, is the author of 11 books on topics like judicial power and the Constitution.
US News & World Report
Sonia Sotomayor Spent the Summer Reading Up on Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, seen here speaking at Oklahoma City University on Thursday, spent her summer boning up on fellow Justice Antonin Scalia. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor likes to sink her teeth into a good mystery, and she loves sci-fi.
Will the Supreme Court Let Arizona Fight Gerrymandering?
Constitutional disputes sometimes turn on technical legal terms: What is "due process of law," for example, or "double jeopardy"? But most of the Constitution isn't written in legalese, and some important cases are about the meaning of ordinary language. National Labor Relations Board v.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
San Diego Reader
Shame heaped on Justice Scalia
Protesters lined West Harbor Drive in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt during the lunch hour on Thursday demonstrating against a host of perceived injustices at the hands of the federal Supreme Court. From women's-rights issues to Citizens United, the decisions all shared a common thread: support from Justice Antonin Scalia, who was invited to speak at the California State Bar Convention.
The Daily Caller
David Limbaugh Puts Jesus On Trial
A story Justice Antonin Scalia likes to tell : When one of his high school classmates was critical of the William Shakespeare, Father Matthews sternly advised: "Mister, when you read Shakespeare, Shakespeare's not on trial. You are."
Thu Sep 11, 2014
The Washington Post
Justin Driver on Justice Scaliaa s legacy and its critics
I'm increasingly pleased that I passed up an opportunity to review Bruce Murphy's biography of Justice Scalia. While the reviews have not been universally negative, they have been widely so, pointing out both basic factual errors and more fundamental ones .
National Review Online
Abe Fortas and George Hamilton
I recently had occasion to expose the absurdity of Bruce Allen Murphy's assertion, in his cartoonish and incompetent new biography of Justice Scalia, that "draft pieces of legislation," had "revise[d] State of the Union addresses in the Oval Office," had "served as Johnson's secret emissary to the Dominican Republic during a 1965 coup," had discussed with It turns out that there's still more on Fortas.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
National Review Online
Devastating New Republic Review of Scalia Biography
As Driver sums it up: There can be no question that Murphy intends readers to walk away from his book with a thoroughly negative impression of Scalia, but his hatchet is so crude and so wanton that it falls well short of achieving its intended effecta . Legal liberals should find Murphy's grotesque rendering of Scalia especially distressing because the stakes could hardly be higher.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Law School graduate to clerk for Justice Scalia
"I was utterly thrilled when I found out I got the position," said Urick. "It was a dream come true.
National Review Online
Speaking of "Utter Moral Failure"
" Scalia set forth that position more than 21 years ago, in "How on earth," Parton wonders, "can such a depraved person be on the Supreme Court of the United States? On what basis can our country lay claim to a superior system of justice and a civilized moral order when such people hold power?" Had Parton actually undertaken to read Scalia's opinion, she might have a clue to the answer to her question. Scalia refers to "the unhappy truth that not every problem was meant to be solved by the United States Constitution, nor can be."
I just freed an innocent man from death row. And I'm still furious.
I just freed an innocent man from death row. And I'm still furious. "Some people expect me to feel satisfied, or even happy.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
The Washington Monthly
Scalia yells at cloud, doesn't care about the judgment of history
Justice Antonin Scalia did a lengthy interview recently , and it's a doozy. It's more than a little disconcerting that the fate of the world's most powerful democracy is in the hands of a dangerously disconnected crank who thinks flogging probably is OK, but obsesses over "ladies" using vulgar language; thinks Facebook is "strange" but that the Devil has gotten too smart to possess people directly these days.
Thu Sep 04, 2014
Exploring Louisiana Judge's Conservative, 'Terrifying' Background
In a shocking decision, U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman this week became the first federal judge to uphold a marriage ban since the Supreme Court overturned the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. The ruling presents a troubling misunderstanding of the facts in the case, going so far as to refer to marriage equality as "lifestyle choices recognition."
U.S. court rejects gay-marriage bans as 'implausible'
A U.S. appeals court judge known for his outspoken views described arguments by Wisconsin and Indiana defending bans on gay marriage as "totally implausible" on Thursday, in a ruling in favor of same-sex couples. Judge Richard Posner, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, wrote the unanimous decision on behalf of a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Silicon Alley Insider
Justice Scalia Says Executing The Innocent Doesn't Violate The Constitution
Two North Carolina men were exonerated earlier this week due to new DNA evidence after spending 30 years in prison, where one was awaiting the death penalty, highlighting the reality that innocent men can end up on death row. Back in 1994 conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia voted against a petition asking the Supreme Court to review the case of one of those men, Henry McCollum.
Will Justice Scalia Apologize for His Part in Keeping an Innocent Man Imprisoned for 30 Years?
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once held that one of two North Carolina men who were freed this week after decades due to DNA evidence should be killed under the death penalty; a "war" within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is breaking out; meanwhile, a human rights lawyer was recently arrested after standing on a sidewalk during a pro-Palestinian rally in New York City while waiting for her children. These discoveries and more below.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
A Louisiana Judge Takes Aim at Gay Marriage-and Justice Kennedy
On Wednesday, a federal judge in Louisiana ended same-sex marriage's federal-court win streak.
The Raw Story
Scalia once called lethal injection 'enviable' for death...
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once singled out a North Carolina death row inmate as an example of someone who deserved to die - but his conviction was overturned Tuesday after he was exonerated by DNA evidence.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
Will Textualism Kill Obamacare?
The Affordable Care Act is heading for another near-death experience in the Supreme Court.