Category Archives: SCOTUS

I could vote for Trump.

Today, when all hell has broken loose for the Republican Party, a lot of my friends on social media are asking why so many conservatives have announced that they are appalled by everything The Donald says and does but are … Continue reading

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Letters.

My dear RBG, I love you. You know that. You have been a beacon of hope for so many of us, a gifted champion for the downtrodden. I hope you live forever. But Donald Trump is right. You acted completely … Continue reading

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Today in voting news….

Today the Supreme Court handed down their opinion in Evenwel v. Abbott, a voting case out of Texas, which, in addition to being important on the merits, provides a fascinating walk through Constitutional history.  Appellants had argued that Texas’ use … Continue reading

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Perspective.

Bowers v. Hardwick, upholding the right of states to enact and enforce sodomy laws, 1986. Romer v. Evans, striking down Colorado’s anti-gay constitutional amendment, 1996. Lawrence v. Texas, striking down sodomy laws, 2007. United States v. Windsor, striking down part … Continue reading

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We the People….

HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY!!   GO FORTH AND EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS! Call your Senator’s office to let them know you want them to… work for a higher minimum wage, or federally mandated gun control, or whatever is on your political or ideological … Continue reading

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*Now* you tell us.

Dear Sandra Day O’Connor: Don’t you think it is a little late to come to the conclusion that SCOTUS should never have granted cert. in Bush v. Gore?  As in, twelve years which saw a major terrorist attack on American … Continue reading

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I am excited — I have a ticket to hear Sonia Sotomayor on January 28th in Redwood City. I generally find myself agreeing with most of her decisions.  I have great respect for the hard work she had to do … Continue reading

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As almost always, there’s more there than meets the eye.

Law students find different aspects of law school attractive.  For some it is the camaraderie of other intelligent people.  For some it is the strenuous intellectual challenge. For me, it was the stories.  Each case you read in school, in … Continue reading

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Follow up.

Everybody is all a-Twitter (and Facebook) about the SCOTUS decision in the Affordable Care Act case, so I feel no urge to write about it, other than to say I’m relieved. There is enough commentary whizzing around the fluorosphere without … Continue reading

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Stolen valor? or free speech?

There are a number of petitions before the Court that look to be quite interesting this term.  There is a takings case from the 9th Circuit, and some Establishment Clause cases, and a couple of cases involving who can be … Continue reading

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Collision Course, Revisited

In my first post on the subject of the case involving Fred Phelps, et al. currently before the Supreme Court, I stated that I could not figure out what way I wanted the Court to rule.  Upon further reflection, I … Continue reading

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When is a child an adult?

We have certain standards for when children become adults in this country.  We believe youngsters incapable of making the commitment to marry (or have consensual sex) without parental consent, in most states until sixteen, in others eighteen. We state that … Continue reading

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I was not going to write about the school race cases the Supreme Court handed down recently. I’m sort of burned out, to tell you the truth, and there is nothing they could do at this point that would surprise … Continue reading

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It’s been twenty-four hours since I found out, and I still can’t believe it. I expected the ban on partial-birth abortions to be upheld. I was hoping it wouldn’t be, but I thought the chances with the new make-up of … Continue reading

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Maybe I need more windmills…

Samuel Alito is now on the Supreme Court. The Administration continues to defend its domestic spying program. There is Plamegate and the Ambrahamoff scandal and war and discord and fear. And this weekend my nine-year-old and I completed a massive … Continue reading

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So the Court has upheld Oregon’s right-to-die case. I almost never agree with Clarence Thomas, but I do with one point he raised in his dissent. How, pray tell, is this different from the medical marijuana case decided last term? … Continue reading

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