I find the idea of any unelected individual having over half a century of incredible influence deeply disturbing. I want neither Ginsburg or Antonin Scalia to have that level of power. This is why basically every other democracy on earth doesn’t use the idiotic idea of lifetime appointments for judges. They tend to use either one very long set term or a firm retirement age. At least that way a Supreme Court justices is effectively removed from the process of determining their replacement.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 24, 2014 3:20 pm|
|By: masaccio Sunday June 30, 2013 10:45 am|
The conservatives on the Supreme Court use reason as a weapon in their political struggle. Think of it as intellectual leprosy.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 2, 2012 9:20 am|
The story that has everyone buzzing comes from Jan Crawford of CBS News, who writes that John Roberts did indeed switch his vote on the Affordable Care Act ruling at the last minute, much to the chagrin of the Court’s conservative wing.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday May 31, 2011 11:44 am|
SCOTUS has just ruled unanimously that John Ashcroft can’t be sued by Abdullah al-Kidd for using a material witness warrant to incarcerate him. The eight justices (Elena Kagan recused herself) all agree there was no law explicitly prohibiting this kind of abuse of material witness warrants, so Ashcroft has immunity from suit.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 18, 2011 5:38 pm|
When facing endless “war,” be it a war on drugs or a war on terror, such niceties as constitutional rights always end up a causality of these nebulous conflicts. After all, when eternally battling with a generalized evil that will never cease to exist, the trampling of a few personal freedoms can be framed as an acceptable price. The latest example of this trend can be seen with this horrible new Supreme Court ruling, which basically shreds our Fourth Amendment rights.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 17, 2011 9:49 am|
The lone dissent was from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who realized this ruling just gave police carte blanche to routinely ignore the Fourth Amendment in drug cases. Police can use almost any noise they hear to claim they have “good reason” to believe evidence is being destroyed, and if the history of how police have bent and broken the rules to fight the war on drugs is any guide, they will.
|By: Rayne Sunday April 18, 2010 5:00 pm|
Albert Einstein once said, “A problem cannot be solved from the same state of consciousness which created it.” I offer an addendum: a problem may not be seen by the same state of consciousness which created it. Let’s ensure the Supreme Court can actually see the problems which are presented before it.