Tag Archives: SCOTUS

Wife Of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Joins Wingnut Site As Reporter

Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has been hired by The Daily Caller as a reporter. “We are thrilled to have Ginni Thomas join The Daily Caller as a special correspondent to interview both established and emerging leaders about the serious questions facing our country,” said Neil Patel, publisher and CEO of The Daily Caller. “Ginni …

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Bad News For NOM: Supreme Court Lets Stand WA Campaign Disclosure Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a Washington state anti-assisted suicide group that has refused to disclose the names of its donors. Last week NOM lost a similar battle to cloak its donors in Maine and some have expected them to take their appeal to SCOTUS. The court on Tuesday let stand without comment a …

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SCOTUS Rejects DC Marriage Suit

The Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of Bishop Harry Jackson, whose lawsuit demanded that Washington DC residents be allowed to vote on same-sex marriage. The court did not comment Tuesday in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor and others who are trying to get a measure on the ballot to allow Washingtonians to vote on …

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Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this afternoon in a largely partisan vote of 63-37. Kagan becomes the fourth woman to sit on the Supreme Court, despite the ranting protestations of virtually all anti-gay groups, especially the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, who testified against Kagan before Congress. Two solid wins for the good guys in two days! …

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White House To SCOTUS: The Vatican Should Be Immune To U.S. Lawsuits

The White House has issued a brief to the Supreme Court backing the Vatican’s claim that they should be immune from child molestation lawsuits brought in the United States. The Supreme Court is considering an appeal by the Vatican of an appellate court ruling that lifted its immunity in the case of an alleged pedophile priest from Oregon. In a …

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Would Kagan Have To Recuse Herself On Some LGBT Issues?

According to the Advocate, should Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan be confirmed, she may have to recuse herself from several critical LGBT cases due to prior work on their issues she’s done as Solicitor General. The cases in question include Gill et al v. Office of Personnel Management et al, a suit challenging a section of the Defense of Marriage …

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Bill Kristol Flips On Kagan Nomination

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Kagan On Same-Sex Marriage

JMG reader Matt points us to this dissection of Elena Kagan’s Solicitor General confirmation hearing. In response to a question from Sen. John Cornyn (at page 28 of her Senate Judiciary Questionnaire), Kagan stated flat out that there was no constitutional right for same sex couples to marry (emphasis mine): 1. As Solicitor General, you would be charged with defending …

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PhoboQuotable – Peter LaBarbera

“If Kagan is practicing immoral sexual behavior, it reflects on her character as a judicial nominee and her personal bias as potentially one of the most important public officials in America. The popular mantra — even among conservatives — is that Kagan’s sexuality is ‘irrelevant.’ But a Justice Kagan would help decide some critically important constitutional issues dealing with: homosexual …

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Obama Announces Elena Kagan

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Sotomayor, Part II?

Media Matters reminds us what the right wing put Sonia Sotomayor through before her confirmation to the Supreme Court and wonders if we’re about to go through it all again.

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Catholic Group Opposes Kagan

Catholic Families For America (whoever THEY are) has issued a nasty press release denouncing the president for selecting Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. “By nominating Miss Kagan to the Supreme Court, the president continues to demonstrate a brass-knuckles, Chicago-mobster mentality toward unifying our nation,” said Dr. Kevin Roberts, executive director of CFA. “Naming someone who has been so actively …

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Obama To Tap Elena Kagan For SCOTUS

By now you should have heard that the president will be nominating U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. President Barack Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, positioning the court to have three female justices for the first time, NBC News reported late Sunday. Kagan served as the Dean of Harvard Law School …

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Supreme Court: The Boy Scouts Are A Religious Organization

The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a lower court’s ruling that the Boy Scouts of America are a religious organization. The earlier ruling came over a dispute about the Scouts renting city-owned land in San Diego. U.S. District Judge Napoleon Jones Jr. ruled in 2003 that San Diego acted improperly when it leased 18 acres of …

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EARLY REPORT: Supremes “Skeptical” About Protect Marriage’s Argument

According to early reports from today’s Supreme Court hearing of the Referendum 71 case, justices on both sides of the ideological aisle are rather skeptical of Protect Marriage’s claim that violent homosexuals will rain down retribution on the signers of the anti-gay petition. Even Scalia seems to be on the correct side. Supreme Court justices from the left and the …

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SCOTUS To Hear Case Of Gays Barred From Christian Club At California Law School

The Supreme Court will hear the case of gay students who were barred from joining a club at the University of California’s Hastings College Of The Law in San Francisco. The college, which requires officially recognized student groups to admit any Hastings student who wants to join, may be well-meaning, says the student outpost of the Christian Legal Society. But …

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Justice Stephen Breyer: Health Care Reform May End Up Before SCOTUS

Breyer’s comment was announced from the podium of the teabagger rally in Washington DC today. The crowd responded with an enormous roar of approval.

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Bigots Agree: We Don’t Want A Damned Queer On The Supreme Court

As the president considers the list of potential replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, anti-gay groups are issuing hysterical warnings that he better not pick a goddamn queer. Focus On The Family: Our concern at the Supreme Court is judicial philosophy. Sexual orientation only becomes an issue if it effects their judging. If someone says, `I don’t …

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Hillary Clinton Rumored For SCOTUS

Once again, Hillary Clinton is being rumored to be on the short list of potential appointees to the Supreme Court. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he’s heard Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name mentioned in connection with the Supreme Court vacancy brought about by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens. Hatch didn’t elaborate in an interview Monday. Appearing with …

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SCOTUS Justice Stevens To Retire

As widely rumored in recent weeks, today Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced that he will retire this summer. Stevens turns 90 next week. Stevens began signaling a possible retirement last summer when he hired just one of his usual complement of four law clerks for the next court term. He acknowledged in several interviews that he was contemplating …

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