The Court, The Election, The Future…and the Problem

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a loss unimaginable in scope, yet at the same time, unfortunately all-too-predictable. Ginsburg was clearly relentlessly battling recurring cancer, and it was only a matter of time. Enough so that many of the “life of…” stories were already written, just waiting for the word to come down to be published. So I will not even attempt what many others have...

Don Quixote, Meet Clarence Thomas

Or, more accurately, Don Quixote, meet today's Democratic base. Why Don Quixote? Because a "quixotic" quest is one which is fantastical and romantic, but impractical and likely a lost cause, or has very little chance of success,. And that's exactly what the current push on the left against the recent revelations about Clarence Thomas' ethical improprieties are: a quixotic quest. Why? Because...

Goodbye, Fourth Amendment

If this doesn't terrify you, it should:Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., writing for the majority, said police officers do not violate the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches by kicking down a door after the occupants of an apartment react to hearing that officers are there by seeming to destroy evidence...The case, Kentucky v. King, No. 09-1272, arose from a mistake. After seeing a drug...

Activist Judges

The next time any conservative you know mentions this phrase, I want you to show them this. And then watch the sputtering and backpedaling begin. Enjoy watching them twist themselves into rhetorical knots. Go on, just sit back and enjoy; you've earned it! Just make sure you point out that you knew it was bullshit when they were screaming about it all these years, but now that you have absolute...

Clarence Thomas' Ex Confirms Anita Hill Was Right

File under 'Duh':When Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his explosive 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Thomas vehemently denied the allegations and his handlers cited his steady relationship with another woman in an effort to deflect Hill's allegations. Lillian McEwen was that woman. ...She was never asked to testify, as then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who...

Justice Stevens' Replacement

While there are certainly other things going on in the political world right now, many of them more important in terms of immediacy and life-or-death-type gravity, the announcement of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has dominated the political news of the last week, for obvious reasons. Political elections happen on a regular basis, and they're a well-understood...

Quote Of The Day

Seriously: what kind of an adult is incapable of restraining himself from visible gestures and verbal outbursts in the middle of someone's speech, no matter how strongly one disagrees -- let alone a robe-wearing Supreme Court Justice sitting in the U.S. Congress in the middle of a President's State of the Union address? -- Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, on SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito's "You Lie!"...

Welcome JUSTICE Sotomayor!

I know I'm coming late to this (hey, whaddaya want: I'm on vacation!), but as everyone knows by now, the US Senate yesterday confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to be the 111th Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Nobody - including the Republicans - finds this a particularly large surprise, given Sotomayor's even temperament and unparalleled-in-70+-years record. But Sotomayor is only the third...