The question being argued in federal court in Lower Manhattan yesterday boiled down to this: Is a law authorizing the indefinite military detention of American citizens with only the barest recourse to civil courts constitutional? The lawsuit against the Obama administration was filed in January by ... More >>
Last week's Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA, aka Obamacare, aka TreasonHitlerStalin) caught nearly everyone by surprise. Among rightbloggers, most of whom had filled balloons and strung festive banners for a big post-overturn victory party, the scenes of shock and ho ... More >>
We're listening to the Brian Lehrer show and reading SCOTUSblog's liveblog as the Supreme Court sits for what will probably be the final time of this term. And...SCOTUSblog is saying that the mandate has survived as a tax, and that Chief Justice John Roberts has joined the left in this ruling. The ... More >>
Westboro celebratesFresh off of their semi-win against the hacker collective Anonymous, Fred Phelp's Westboro Baptist Church, the hate group behind "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God For Dead Soldiers," got the good end of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, who ruled today that their provocat ... More >>
Two Washington nonagenarians are leaving their positions of power today -- one is doing so voluntarily, while the other is leaving this world altogether. After announcing verdicts in several controversial cases, Justice John Paul Stevens will step down from the Supreme Court after nearly 35 years. ... More >>
Just when you thought you had filled out your April Papers right -- with all of those supposedly feel-good tax-deductible donations you made in order to chip away at what you owe/can squeeze out of Uncle Sam -- the Supreme Court swoops in to piss on your tax-return parade: the American govern ... More >>
Today the Supreme Court voted down a federal law banning the sale of videos and other depictions of animal cruelty, saying it violates the right to free speech. The law had been enacted in 1999 to limit Internet sales of videos that show women crushing to death small animals, like kittens and ... More >>
The US Supreme Court has pulled the plug on broadcasting the historic Prop 8 federal trial, beginning today in San Francisco. Last week, Judge Vaughn Walker made the decision to allow delayed televised coverage of the trial. Video coverage was to be available regularly on YouTube, though Wal ... More >>
This week rightblogger Robert Stacy McCain said: "So far as I can tell, conservatives aren't going through anything like the grief/angst/outrage that Democrats went through after the 2000 and 2004 elections. There may be activists who would like to generate that kind of reaction, but most conserv ... More >>
Barack Hussein Obama, not taking any chances with the people who killed JFK, made Chief Justice John Roberts re-administer the oath he flubbed on Tuesday. "This time we're going to do it very slowly," said Obama, covering with humor his deadly serious warning to Roberts, who pretended to be amused ... More >>
12:00 p.m. Well, we have a new Vice-President at least. Biden swears in with J.P. Stevens. 12:03 p.m. Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and an all-star band play "Air and Simple Gifts" written by Star Wars composer John Williams. Giant crowd is quiet and respectful. 12:08 p.m. Here we go. Chief Justice R ... More >>
In a decision that changes the very future of Law & Order plot twists, the Supreme Court today ruled in Herring v. United States that the exclusionary rule -- which sometimes gets improperly obtained evidence ruled inadmissible, allowing TV and real criminals to wriggle free -- is not absolute. Benn ... More >>
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