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Clarence Thomas, in Dissent, Asserts Gun Rights Aren't 'Favored' at High Court

Justice Clarence Thomas, in a blistering dissent Tuesday, accused the U.S. Supreme Court of making the right to keep and bear arms "a constitutional orphan." The court turned down a challenge to California's waiting period for guns.       

Justice Thomas unleashes angry pro-gun rant while Parkland kids beg for their lives on television

2 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sounded like a talk radio host in his dissent to a challenge of California’s waiting period to buy guns. The top court refused to hear the challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases, and two other justices agreed with Thomas to...

Clarence Thomas: The Case To Impeach Supreme Court Justice Over His Alleged Sexual Misconduct

3 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

A second woman has accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual assault, and a campaign to impeach him is looming.

Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge

The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California’s mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases. With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a “reasonable safety precaution”...

Join Me for a Very Special Conversation in NYC March 5 with Joan Biskupic on Justice Scalia’s Legacy and the Future of the Supreme Court

Joan Biskupic’s 2009 biography of Justice Scalia, American Original, is really one of the best and she is one of the most thoughtful students of the Supreme Court and the Justices. I am very excited to be in conversation with … Continue reading ?

Clarence Thomas Complains After SCOTUS Rejects Challenge To California’s Gun Purchase Waiting Period

3 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Courthouse News reports: Offering no mention of the Florida school shooting, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas complained Tuesday about the growing stack of Second Amendment cases that are denied high court review. “The right to keep and bear arms is apparently this court’s constitutional orphan,” Thomas wrote. Show More Summary

Justice Thomas delivers pro-gun rant just days after the Parkland shooting

Tuesday is the Supreme Court’s first day in session since a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and murdered 17 people. It’s also the day Justice Clarence Thomas picked to deliver a 14-page rant about the fact that it isn’t easier to buy guns in the United States. California law requires most […]

Trump urges Republicans to preserve Pennsylvania gerrymandering that was ruled unconstitutional

On Monday morning, President Trump urged Pennsylvania Republicans to challenge a new map of the state’s congressional districts issued by the state supreme court after justices determined the previous map drawn by Republican lawmakers was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Show More Summary

Will Anthony Kennedy Retire?

New York Times: “For the second year in a row, rumors that Justice Anthony M. Kennedy may retire from the Supreme Court are sweeping Washington. He is 81, and he is doubtless weighing many factors in deciding whether to stay. [...]

The 3 candidates in the supposedly "nonpartisan" race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

The primary is tomorrow, NPR reports, and one candidate, Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock, avoids talking about politics: "I know the dangers of a court legislating from the bench," Screnock said. "Judges are not legislators. Nor are we executives. Show More Summary

Where the Justices, and states, might be headed on partisan gerrymandering

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Ballotpedia asked me to contribute to a mini-symposium on how the Supreme Court may deal with the partisan gerrymandering cases cases of Gill v. Whitford (Wisconsin) and Benisek v. Lamone (Maryland), and you can read the results here (see also my Cato write-up). Show More Summary

Clarence Thomas Derides 'Myth-Making' of Supreme Court Justices

"We don't have the time, energy, ink or bites to change or to engage in that narrative. We have work to do. We have to write opinions," Thomas said in a wide-ranging interview with Judge Gregory Maggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.       

“Stop treating Ruth Bader Ginsburg — a.k.a. ‘Notorious R.B.G.’ — like a celebrity”

I have written this oped for the LA Times. A snippet: But there is something disconcerting about Supreme Court justices becoming political rock stars, particularly in this polarized era. We’ve divided the Supreme Court into teams. We have our justices, champions who … Continue reading ?

Stop treating Ruth Bader Ginsburg — a.k.a. 'Notorious R.B.G.' — like a celebrity

Maybe, just maybe, the left should tone it down with the worship of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — a.k.a. “Notorious R.B.G.” Last week, Adam Liptak of the New York Times wrote about being on tour with Justice Ginsburg, whom the headline declared a “judicial rock star.” Ginsburg is...

"So while filing an appeal [in the DACA case] to the Ninth Circuit, the administration’s lawyers also went to the Supreme Court with a 'petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment'..."

"... a request to the justices to hear the case this spring without waiting. The Supreme Court’s rules reserve this court-jumping procedure for cases of 'imperative public importance.' Only a handful of cases has cleared that bar, including...Show More Summary

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Opens Up About #MeToo, Voting Rights, and Millennials

The Supreme Court justice talks about sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and the cases she’d like to see overturned.

Climate Denier Tim Ball: Trump Approved, But Not Credible Enough To Stand Accountable For Libel

It was gratifying, today, to see a senior justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia denounce the professional “climate change sceptic” Dr. Tim Ball as incompetent, inattentive and, perhaps, indifferent to the truth. But it was...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Lawyers Join Brendan Dassey Legal Team

The seemingly never-ending justice roller coaster for Brendan Dassey just keeps going and going. After his successful appeal was overturned by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals en banc, a petition was filed with SCOTUS to challenge the circuit's decision. Recently, it was announced that Dassey's legal team has......

“Judges Say Throw Out the Map. Lawmakers Say Throw Out the Judges.”

NYT:  In Pennsylvania, a Republican lawmaker unhappy with a State Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandering wants to impeach the Democratic justices who authored it. In Iowa, a running dispute over allowing firearms in courthouses has prompted bills by Republican sponsors … Continue reading ?

Help Decipher Justices' Handwritten Notes Through This Crowdsourcing Project

The crowdsourcing project SCOTUS Notes hopes to unlock some of the mysteries inside the U.S. Supreme Court's closed-door conferences. "They're not just arguing over 'reverse or affirm' but rules of the law. All this rich data is in the conference notes of the discussions they had," political scientist Ryan Black of Michigan State University says.       

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