FDL Book Salon Welcomes Erwin Chemerinsky, The Case Against The Supreme Court

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 1:59 pm

So often in modern conversation you hear complaints about how out of touch and damaging the Supreme Court has become. Whether from Bush v. Gore, to Citizen’s United, to the more recently destructive Hobby Lobby decision, to name a bare few, the cries against SCOTUS are getting louder by the term. Yet far too often that hue and cry is by lay people and concerned activists, and the scholars and professors serve up a more nuanced take with pulled punches steeped in complicated case law and argument. Not Dean Chemerinsky. This is a full on broadside against what the court has become and, maybe, what it always has been once the romanticized veneer of reverence is stripped away.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Marcus Rediker, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom

By: Sunday January 20, 2013 1:59 pm

Marcus Rediker’s new book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, revisits one of the most stirring episodes in American history: the revolt aboard the Cuban schooner Amistad in July 1839, during which a small group of enslaved Africans seized control of the vessel and tried to sail home. Tricked by one of their former captors, whom they had relied upon to steer the ship, they drifted northwards instead of eastwards – all the way to Long Island, where they were apprehended by the U.S. Navy at the end of August. The Africans were taken to a jail in Connecticut and spent the next year-and-a-half challenging the U.S. legal system to secure their freedom – and at last to win their passage home.

OMG, some Democrats who fight

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 1:30 am

You may have to go down to the state level, but there are some Democrats out there with a spine.

Out-of-State Money

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 1:30 am

Funny how knowing people makes you more sympathetic and knowledgeable about them…or just more knowledgeable.

A Whiter Shade of Orange

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 1:30 am

Golly, that didn’t go so well.

The gavel takes a pounding

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 1:30 am

I do believe we have a Judge of the Year candidate.

“What are you going to do, bleed on me?”

By: Friday September 24, 2010 1:30 am

Orange you glad we have such determined leadership in the Democratic Congress?

Only Straight White Men Can Be Judges.

By: Friday April 30, 2010 6:01 pm

Because gay judges would be too biased towards other gays, and female judges would be too biased towards other women, and minority judges would be too biased towards other minorities. Therefore only straight white judges can be trusted to be perfectly objective and untouched by identity politics.

Foreclosure Fraud: The Smoking Gun Revealed in Bad Document Trail

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 6:15 pm

A judge in Florida discovered that in two cases, two different banks were trying to foreclose first mortgages on the same piece of property. Judges in every state need to be alerted to this systemic problem; they need to see a complete paper trail and not risk allowing an entity that does not own the note or mortgage to take someone’s house.

Mortgage Modifications Part 6—You Cannot Ask Confirmed Carnivores to Preach the Vegan Gospel

By: Sunday April 4, 2010 4:00 pm

Bill collectors are NOT social workers, debt counselors or consumer advocates. They are bill collectors, they will eat you. Oh, they may call themselves “mortgage servicers”, but what does that mean? It means they collect the money from the homeowners.

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