Tag Archives: Supreme Court of the United States

A trout in the milk

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Talk about a silly rite. Senators repeatedly fired questions about specific legal views that no High Court nominee ever answers. Why not? Because to answer would be to pre-judge possible future cases. That didn't prevent displays of faux-outrage from committee Democrats, though." (03/24/17)


Questions for Judge Gorsuch

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"In the Gorsuch hearings this week, the nominee has argued that should he commit to certain positions on issues, it would not be fair to litigants who might come before him as a circuit judge if his nomination were not to be confirmed or before him in the Supreme Court if it were, as those litigants would have a proper belief that he prejudged their cases. 'It would be grossly improper,' he argued, for him to commit in advance to how he'd vote on any issue. He's correct. So, what questions could both Democrats and Republicans put to him and what questions could he answer that would inform their judgment and illuminate his thinking without committing his judgment?" (03/23/17)


The life and death issue ignored at Judge Gorsuch's confirmation hearings

Source: The Intercept
by Liliana Segura

"Over two long days before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, Gorsuch was never asked his views on the death penalty. More time was spent discussing fly-fishing and rodeos, along with more serious (if redundant) questioning on life and death issues like abortion and euthanasia. This was not particularly surprising; confirmation hearings are mostly political theater — and Gorsuch's record on criminal justice has stirred little controversy compared to other hot-button issues. Many lawyers and experts expressed a measure of relief when Trump announced Gorsuch as his Supreme Court pick. 'I don't think he's a fire-breathing, law and order, pro-prosecutor guy,' said Tejinder Singh, the appellate and Supreme Court litigator who won a stay of execution for Mark Christeson in 2014. Yet Gorsuch seeks to join the Supreme Court at a time when the death penalty is in a state of chaos and decline." (03/23/17)


Gorsuch tries to bridge partisan divide in start of confirmation hearings

Source: Fox News

"Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch vowed Monday to be a 'faithful servant of the Constitution' and 'apply the law impartially,' during the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings that repeatedly exposed the partisan divide in Washington. … Gorsuch, a respected, highly-credentialed judge and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attempted in his remarks to bridge the political divide and become President Trump's replacement for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia." (03/20/17)


SCOTUS publicly defecates on trial by jury in the name of countering racial prejudice

Source: Los Angeles Times

"The Supreme Court took a strong new stand against racial bias in jury rooms, ruling for the first time that reports of racist comments by jurors may require setting aside a verdict and holding a new trial. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, announcing the court's decision Monday, wrote that the 'imperative to purge racial prejudice from the administration of justice' requires setting aside the traditional rule that bars judges from second-guessing what went on in the jury room. The 5-3 decision announced a limited exception to that rule against second-guessing juries. The new rule covers cases in which 'one or more jurors made statements exhibiting overt racial bias that cast serious doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the jury's deliberations and resulting verdict.'" (03/06/17)


SCOTUS puts off ruling on whether or not educrats can legally grope students

Source: Los Angeles Times

"The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will put off a ruling on the rights of transgender students. Instead, the justices asked an appeals court in Virginia to reconsider the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who was denied the right to use the boys' restroom in his high school. Lawyers for the Obama administration had weighed in on his behalf and said transgender students had a right to be treated based on their 'gender identity,' not their gender at birth [sic]. Based on that guidance, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in favor of the student." (03/06/17)


SCOTUS may strike down idiotic fascist censorship law

Source: Washington Post

"Lester Gerard Packingham praised Jesus on his Facebook page and simultaneously committed a felony. But his conviction may not stand for long. A majority of the Supreme Court on Monday seemed prepared to strike down a North Carolina law that makes it a crime for a registered sex offender such as Packingham to access social media sites even years after they have served their sentences or completed probation. … Justice Elena Kagan was perhaps the most outspoken of the justices who indicated North Carolina had gone so far in restricting sex offenders' use of the Internet that the state was violating First Amendment rights." (02/27/17)


Neil Gorsuch: Judicial humility and religious pluralism

Source: Cato Institute
by Thomas Berry

"When you decide cases for a living, it can be difficult to admit that you don't know something. But from the very beginning of his career, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has shown a respect for the limits of what individuals — even judges — can truly understand about each other's deeply held beliefs. This trait has served him well in resolving difficult conflicts over moral and religious questions, and would continue to serve him well on the high court." (02/23/17)


Neil Gorsuch and the structural Constitution

Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro and Frank Garrison

"The Framers designed a system whereby the primary method of protecting individual rights lay in dividing the power of government both vertically and horizontally (federalism and the separation of powers, respectively). This innovation, applying a blend of ancient and Enlightenment-era political philosophy, would prevent anybody in the ruling class from gaining too much power over the people. But our constitutional jurisprudence has not always reinforced this structure. Indeed, over the past century we have seen more and more power transferred from the states to the federal government — and from the judicial and legislative branches to the executive. The main protection for freedom became what the Founders originally considered a redundant afterthought, the Bill of Rights (which, as the late Justice Scalia liked to say, most tin-pot banana republics have). With the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, however, there is renewed hope for a renaissance in enforcing the Constitution's structure as the means for securing and protecting ordered liberty." (02/22/17)


MI: SCOTUS sides with cerebral palsy patient over service dog dispute

Source: Detroit News

"The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who spent years battling school officials for the right to bring her service dog — a goldendoodle named Wonder — to class. The justices ruled unanimously that federal disability laws might allow Ehlena Fry to pursue her case in court without first having to wade through a lengthy administrative process. The ruling is a win for advocacy groups that want to make it easier for disabled students to protect their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act." (02/22/17)