Category Archives: Supreme Court

Term limits for Supreme Court Justices

The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, … — The Constitution: Article III Section 1. Jessica Gresko and Emily Swanson, writing for “The Associated Press,” report that “2 in 3 favor … Continue reading

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Destroyed by President Trump

Truth in politics Politicians’ lies, even flagrant lies, no longer matter. Far more are fooled all of the time than Lincoln may have imagined. The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause The Emoluments Clause is moot. There is no means for enforcement except … Continue reading

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Leaked or Hacked

Fifty years ago news of Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press. News, not a draft or the written opinion. A clerk talked to a reporter without realizing that the story would appear hours before the decision was announced. … Continue reading

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Leaks from the Supreme Court are rare.

Leaks from the Supreme Court are rare. Surprisingly, the 1972 Roe decision was leaked. The following quotes are from Woodward and Armstrong’s 1979 book: The Brethren. The day of the scheduled abortion decision the Chief sat in his chambers reading … Continue reading

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Right to Privacy

“Roe isn’t really about the woman’s choice, is it?” Ginsburg said. “It’s about the doctor’s freedom to practice…it wasn’t woman-centered, it was physician-centered.” If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to … Continue reading

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An Interesting Lawsuit

The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of … Continue reading

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Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.–Article I, Section 5 of The Constitution. The Constitution is clear: each House makes its own … Continue reading

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Is the Supreme Court split on party lines?

Justice Neil Gorsuch claims Supreme Court not split on party lines What are his arguments? Gorsuch … recently agreed with more liberal colleagues in a decision reaffirming a criminal defendant’s right to a jury trial. He told the audience at … Continue reading

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The importance of keeping a diary

Excerpts from The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The first: Cecily.  I keep a diary in order to enter the wonderful secrets of my life.  If I didn’t write them down, I should probably forget all about them. … Continue reading

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Past is prologue

There is nothing new under the sun. One way to understand the Ford/Kavanaugh controversy is to recall the Hill/Thomas struggle. Here is a brief excerpt from a  contemporary account: According to sources who’ve seen the (1991) FBI report, nothing in it … Continue reading

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