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The Fallacy of State-Coerced Marriage Officiants: A Primer From the Military Chaplaincy

Chief Justice John Roberts wondered aloud if the court could "force churches and religious leaders to preside over a homosexual wedding that, when taken as a whole, would offend their moral conscience." And Justice Antonin Scalia mused...Show More Summary

Chief Justice Roberts: Wealthy Donors Rule

When it comes to campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts taketh away even as he giveth. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld a state campaign finance law banning judicial candidates from soliciting contributions for their elections in Williams-Yulee v. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Late Night Snark: May Flowers Edition "Violent thugs run amok in the streets of Baltimore. But enough about the police department." ---Larry Wilmore Chief Justice John Roberts at Tuesday's marriage hearing:...Show More Summary

Concerns about fundraising would vanish if all judges were appointed

This week the Supreme Court  upheld a Florida rule prohibiting candidates for judge from personally soliciting campaign contributions. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4 ruling, but it was  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s concurring opinion that explained why curbs...

In Williams-Yulee, a Good Outcome, But Some Bad Stuff, Too

The 5-4 opinion in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar was a bit of a surprise. Chief Justice Roberts sided with the Court's four liberals to conclude that a state canon of judicial ethics prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations was constitutional. What made more sense is that Justice Kennedy,......

John Roberts Basically Thinks It's OK When Politicians Just Do What Wealthy Donors Say

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts taketh away even as he giveth. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld a state campaign finance law banning judicial candidates from soliciting contributions for their elections in Williams-Yulee v. Show More Summary

In a Case Very Few Are Discussing the Supreme Court Could Hugely Increase the Racial Wealth Gap

When discussing race, the conservative argument is best expressed by the famous words of Chief Justice John Roberts: "The best way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." Translation:...Show More Summary

Supreme Court: Judges Are Not for Sale

After years of striking down campaign finance laws, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 upheld a Florida rule that bars judicial candidates from personally asking for campaign contributions. Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion drew a...Show More Summary

A Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Hurt Same-Sex Marriage Polling. Just Look At Interracial Marriage.

Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern about ending the debate on same-sex marriage, but it doesn't add up. The post A Supreme Court Ruling Won’t Hurt Same-Sex Marriage Polling. Just Look At Interracial Marriage. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Same-Sex Marriage: Will SCOTUS Make It Official?

This post was originally published on Truthdig.com When I use the word "unthinkable" in connection with the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, I typically have in mind the long line of unthinkably bad decisions...Show More Summary

“From Supreme Court, a mixed blessing on campaign finance limits”

I have written this LA Times oped. It begins: The Supreme Court offered a pleasant surprise this week to those of us worried about the role of money in elections. In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John G. … Continue reading ...

From Supreme Court, a mixed blessing on campaign finance limits

3 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The Supreme Court offered a pleasant surprise this week to those of us worried about the role of money in elections. In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the court on Wednesday upheld a rule limiting certain fundraising activities for judicial candidates. But don't expect...

Stop the Presses: Roberts Backs a Campaign Finance Law

Campaign finance reform is Chief Justice John Roberts' bete noire. From the moment he joined the court, Roberts engineered a judicial revolution that overturned decades of precedent upholding reasonable restrictions on donations, solicitations, and expenditures. Show More Summary

John Roberts Is Drifting Left

This has been a week of surprises from Chief Justice John Roberts. Wednesday he joined the Court’s more liberal members in a 5-4 decision in a significant First Amendment case. Tuesday at the argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, he RELATED POST PROFILESHARE

ARE ELECTED JUDGES POLITICIANS?:  According to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision yesterday in Willia…

ARE ELECTED JUDGES POLITICIANS?:  According to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision yesterday in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, the answer is “no.”  The Court’s 5-4 split is itself worth noting:  Chief Justice John Roberts– in a classic move he made in the case upholding Obamacare, NFIB v. Sebelius–joined the Court’s four liberal Justices (Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan […]

The Supreme Court Reveals Everything That’s Wrong With Citizens United In Four Ridiculous Sentences

Chief Justice Roberts appears to believe that lawmakers should "follow the preferences" of their supporters and give "special consideration" to the disproportionately wealthy individuals who fund their election. The post The Supreme Court Reveals Everything That’s Wrong With Citizens United In Four Ridiculous Sentences appeared first on ThinkProgress.

"Wisconsin Supreme Court justices have moved quickly to replace longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson with Justice Patience Roggensack."

"Abrahamson’s attorney Robert Peck says in a letter filed in a federal court that Abrahamson continues to believe she is still chief justice."Oh, no! Too many chiefs!

Marriage at the Supreme Court 2.0 Analysis: Why a Sex Discrimination Ruling is No Victory At All

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN During oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case, Chief Justice John Roberts asked an important, substantive question that had some commentators scratching their heads. The plaintiffs' lawyer had just made the argument that...

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