Why you should read Justice Sotomayor's opinion in Utah v. Strieff: No one argued before the United States Supreme Court that the police had any evidence that Edward Strieff had broken any law. He was detained anyway. This is not an unusual occurrence in poor and minority communities. Questionable stops build distrust between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they serve. It is a chasm that has risen to confrontational levels across the country. The majority of the highest court in the land
From October through June, the big news in the nation's capital every Monday are the Supreme Court decisions announced to the public. They are often likely to upstage what the president and Congress are doing, as illustrated by the high court's disposition last month of the case regarding the Little Sisters of the Poor and Obamacare. But in the old days, the Supreme Court was not anything to get excited about. Its first chief justice, John Jay, once that the high court lacked "the energy, weight
The Supreme Court declined Monday to rule on whether the Obama administration infringed on the rights of faith-based groups, including a global order of Roman Catholic nuns with U.S. headquarters in Baltimore County, by requiring them to arrange for birth control coverage for their employees.
Maryland utility officials and a power plant developer they offered financial subsidies both expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court ruled against them Monday, but disagreed over what that means for future state efforts to encourage power plant construction.
Last week, the Supreme Court issued its first ruling since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The court's decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could have mortally wounded public sector unions, stripping them of their legal ability to collect the funds to keep their doors open. However, a 4-4 ruling ultimately allowed unions to live another day. Unlike many of my union brothers and sisters, I'm disappointed by the decision, however.
The judicial vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court is a problem, yes, but a small one compared to the bigger issue: There are more than 80 other vacancies on the federal bench holding up justice across the country.
Barack Obama: I understand that we're in the midst of an especially volatile political season. But at a time when our politics are so polarized, we should treat a process of this magnitude — the appointment of a Supreme Court justice — with the seriousness it deserves.
A case involving a Maryland-based order of nuns appeared to divide the Supreme Court on Wednesday as attorneys argued the Obama administration overstepped its authority by requiring faith-based employers to facilitate health insurance coverage for contraception.
It's all there, right in the document the president and each Senator swore an oath before God to support. The president serves for four years. Nothing in the Constitution says, implies, or suggests that the president's duties are abrogated, suspended, stopped, stripped away or limited in the fourth year of his term — or her term, should a woman be elected. Obama's oath of office requires him to nominate a Supreme Court justice. It's that simple: he shall nominate someone to fill the seat
When the president, a former teacher of constitutional law, says, "the Constitution is pretty clear" about the need for hearings on his pick, he's not telling the truth. He's playing politics. The same goes for all the Republican senators who say the Constitution is clear that they don't have to hold hearings if they don't want to. The simple fact is that the Constitution is silent. And where the Constitution is silent, politics is supreme.
If President Obama nominates anyone from the huge list of highly qualified woman, the U.S. Supreme Court justice count would increase to four women and five men, a step in the right direction, but not yet far enough. Women make up a majority of the U.S. population, after all, and there are many candidates who are more than qualified to hold the job.
If President Obama nominates anyone from the huge list of highly qualified woman, the U.S. Supreme Court justice count would increase to four women and five men — a step in the right direction, but not yet far enough. Women make up a majority of the U.S. population, after all, and there are many candidates who are more than qualified to hold the job.