FDL Book Salon Welcomes, Mark Tushnet, In The Balance: Law and Politics In The Roberts Court

By: Saturday October 12, 2013 1:59 pm

In his recent book In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court, Mark Tushnet does not disagree that politics and the Supreme Court go hand in hand. There is no denying that the Justices have political views and that those political views often influence how they decide cases. Professor Tushnet carefully dissects and criticizes the now infamous “umpire” analogy that Chief Justice John Roberts used in his confirmation hearing, replacing it with what he takes as the much more realistic and intellectually honest portraits of judging offered by Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

But where In the Balance makes its greatest contribution is in tempering the urge to dismiss the Court’s behavior as purely political.


Arizona Voter Registration Law Reviewed By Supreme Court

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 8:30 am

Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona went before the Supreme Court Monday. Arizona passed a law requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote in 2004 which conflicts with the National Voter Registration Act passed in 1993 that does not require proof of citizenship to register to vote.

Fatster’s News Roundup from June 18, 2012

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 6:18 am

A roundup of news stories from late Monday, including articles on the War of 1812, Justice Scalia, immigration hysteria, Joe Arpaio, Chris Christie, Koch Brothers, Digby, Al Gore, buyology, Roman Catholic nuns, Google, Japan and more.

Radical Supremes Deny Justice to Man Falsely Convicted by DA Misconduct

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 5:08 pm

The US Supreme Court just voted 5-4, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing the opinion joined by Roberts, Scalia, Alito and Kennedy, to overturn a jury award to a man who was wrongly convicted, nearly executed, and served 14 years on death row because a Louisiana District Attorney and his colleagues knowingly withheld evidence proving the man’s innocence.

FDL Movie Night: Patent Absurdity – How Software Patents Broke the System

By: Monday May 24, 2010 5:00 pm

Patent Absurdity takes a look at software patents, and makes what may seem to some to be radical points: That patenting software hurts innovation and harms inventors and consumers

Can you patent the undeniable fact that 2+2=4? That is a law of nature. What about scheduling meetings–can that be patented? In May 2009, Slashdot.com reported that IBM had applied for a patent on a meeting plan that would make participants more focused:

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