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Chris Christie Attacked For Re-appointing Pro-Equality Judge

10 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The Judicial Crisis Network has announced its plans to launch a slew of attack ads against Chris Christie for supporting Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice of New Jersey’s Supreme Court. Rabner led the Court’s decision in 2012 to deny the State’s...

Obamacare Origination Challenge Rejected by D.C. Cir. Panel

The U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius wasn't the last challenge to the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"); oh, no, not by a long shot. As you'll recall, Chief Justice John Roberts decided that, while the ACA's individual mandate and accompanying penalty wasn't a valid exercise of Congress'......

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds the photo ID law.

Like the Act 10 case (discussed 2 posts down), this was a 5-2 decision with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley dissenting. Writing for the majority, Justice Patience Roggensack said "the burdens of time and...Show More Summary

Roberts Leads Harmonious Court To the Right By Periodically Infuriating Conservatives

Chief Justice Roberts achieved a startling level of unanimity this past session, while still forcefully leading the court to the right.

Halbig Is an Opportunity for Supreme Court To Rededicate Itself to Rule of Law

  True, the Halbig case, if it makes its way to the Supreme Court, will present an opportunity for Chief Justice John Roberts to redeem himself from his abominably activist salvation of Obamacare. But more important, it will be an opportunity for the high court to reaffirm this nation’s commitment to the rule of law.   In Halbig v. Show More Summary

Public Disagreement Is Not Intimidation

“This blog post made me look ridiculous!  And a Chief Justice of the United States cannot afford to be made to look ridiculous!” Not that I can blame Halbig defenders from wanting to create diversions from the argument on the merits, but really: Little did I know that within hours of the D.C. Circuit’s decision, […]

How Informed Consent Has Failed

“That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon.” – Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California, dismissing the comparison of smartphones to physical items The quote above from Chief Justice Roberts in Riley v. California has implications far beyond the holding of that case. In rejecting the government’s… Read More

The Week in Pictures: Same Damn Thing Edition

(Steven Hayward) Ho-hum, another week, another loss for the Obama Administration in federal court (looks like still more work for Dear Chief Justice Roberts to sort out), another foreign crisis, another fundraising trip by Obama.  As Edna St. Show More Summary

Iran confirms arrest of Washington post reporter and 3 others

Tehran’s chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported. “We are now in the investigation phase. Show More Summary

What Hobby Lobby Shows Us About the Supreme Court and Civil Rights Laws: Winners and Losers in the Roberts Court

In its recent decision in Hobby Lobby, the conservative 5-4 majority - Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy - did something that may appear very unusual. In divided cases, these five justices have the reputation for interpreting very narrowly laws passed by Congress to protect civil rights. Show More Summary

"Given the potential for chaos in the Obamacare scheme if the states decline to participate, it's surprising that Justices Breyer and Kagan went along with the Chief Justice's opinion on the spending power."

"The original legislation had the states locked in, because they'd lose all their Medicaid funding if they didn't participate. That was held to be coercive, and thus not supportable by the spending power, which requires that states be given a choice whether to run federal programs and accept various related conditions. Show More Summary

Obama's Old Law Professor 'Wouldn’t Bet the Family Farm' on Obamacare Subsidies Surviving at SCOTUS

last weekNews : Reason

Harvard University law professor Lawrence Tribe is a veteran liberal scholar who counts both President Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts among his former students. In 2012 Tribe had the unique experience of watching one of those former students cast the deciding vote to secure the existence of the other’s signature legislative achievement. Show More Summary

Ben Carson: Chief Justice Roberts Probably Having 'Second Thoughts' about Upholding Obamacare

After a federal court ruled on Tuesday that the Obama administration exceeded its statutory authority when it decided to grant Obamacare subsidies through state and federal exchanges, Dr. Ben Carson said Chief Justice John Roberts is probably having "second thoughts" about his decisive vote to uphold the law. Show More Summary

Charts: Following the Chief Justice’s Lead on ‘Friend’ (Or Not)

These charts illustrate the terms used by each chief justice, as well as the terms used in their courts, by all justices and attorneys alike -- illustrating to what degree they followed the chief justice's lead on language.

College Students, Find Knowledge On Top of the Rock Wall

It's time to stop trashing this nation's crop of college graduates for not knowing common facts -- the name of the U.S. Supreme Court's chief justice for example -- and start applauding them for what they did learn after four years of...Show More Summary

Laurence Tribe Explains Why John Boehner Has No Case Against Obama

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe explained to my radio audience that John Boehner has no standing to sue President Obama. Tribe taught both Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and weighs in on them as well. He also discusses his feelings about how and why his own opportunity the sit in the High [...]

Harry Reid Blames Justice Roberts on Hobby Lobby

Who should be blamed for the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case? According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) it’s Chief Justice John Roberts.

Colloquium Report of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters

The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters is a broad-based committee established by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin.It is chaired by Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell. Show More Summary

Supreme Court conservatives are playing a long game

The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction.

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