Everyone knows by now that Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wasn’t too pleased about President Barack Obama’s remarks in the State of the Union speech regarding last week’s campaign finance ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. He seemed to mouth something like “that’s not true” as the president spoke. Not exactly “you lie!,” but perhaps … Continue reading Alito Opens The Floodgates
After September’s re-argument in Citizens United v. FEC, your blogger wondered how Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. would reconcile overturning two Supreme Court precedents with their humble, anti-judicial activism rhetoric. As the experts I interviewed concluded at the time, Roberts and Alito both left themselves plenty of wiggle … Continue reading Stare Decisis? What Stare Decisis?
The U.S. Supreme Court gave some important guidance today to potential jurors: think twice before giving the judge a chocolate penis. It’s also not advisable to give the bailiff a pair of chocolate breasts. Especially in a death penalty case. “The disturbing facts of this case raise serious questions concerning the conduct of the trial,” … Continue reading Note To Jury: Don’t Send Edible Genitalia To Judge
It’s not just (fake) Justice Sotomayor and (fake) Justice Scalia who are on Twitter. Your blogger is too. Follow him here for all the latest SCOTUS-related updates. Continue reading A Twitter Plea
Your blogger doesn’t want to write about Justice Antonin Scalia every day but, after yesterday’s brouhaha over vocabulary, today he gave a shout-out to international law. It’s a little surprising coming from him, bearing in mind how outraged conservatives get at any reference to foreign law in a Supreme Court opinions. The case argued today … Continue reading International Law Gets Thumbs Up From Scalia
There’s been plenty of debate recently about Justice Antonin Scalia’s derision for incorrect word usage, especially when it involves the word “choate” (which, according to Scalia, is not a word, although lawyers use it all the time). Even the New York Times Magazine chimed in. During today’s argument in Briscoe v. Virginia, it was the … Continue reading Scalia Lost For Words
Although there was speculation in the summer of last year that U.S. Supreme Court clerks might not be getting $250,000 signing on bonuses during a recession, that hasn’t been the case. While reporting on a feature about clerks (published in today’s Daily Journal), your blogger found out from senior partners at two different firms that … Continue reading Supreme Court Clerks Still Cashing In