Tag Archives: SCOTUS

SCOTUS Votes 5-4 To Block Live TV Cameras From Prop 8 Trial

This evening the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the cowardly bigots and ruled 5-4 to block live television cameras from the courtroom in Perry Vs. Schwarzenegger, saying that witnesses faced “irreparable harm” from vindictive homofascists if their faces were broadcast to the world. On Monday the Court issued a temporary injunction blocking cameras pending today’s final decision. Today’s ruling did …

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Maddow On Prop 8 Camera Ban

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BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Prop 8 TV Cameras

The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a temporary injunction blocking television cameras from the Prop 8 trial, which begins today in San Francisco. The court’s decision is not the final word; the stay sought by same-sex marriage opponents expires Wednesday. The court said that will permit justices “further consideration.” The trial is scheduled to start Monday. Justice Stephen G. …

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SCOTUS May Hear R-71 Appeal On Release Of Petition Names

On January 15th the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if it will hear the appeal of Protect Marriage Washington over the decision to force the release of the names of those who signed Referendum 71. The court likely will announce later that day or the following Monday if it will take the R-71 petition case. If the court declines to …

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SCOTUS To Decide Case Of LGBT Students Excluded From Christian Group

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of LGBT students barred from membership in a college Christian group. The Christian Legal Society had appealed a lower court’s decision to uphold a California university’s denial of recognition over anti-gay discrimination. The case could set new rules for campus groups that receive funding through fees paid by the students. The …

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Olson & Boies: Gays On Trial

Over at The American Prospect, Gabriel Arana discusses the risks and payoff inherent in David Boies and Ted Olson’s gambit of taking the repeal of Prop 8 to federal court. The stakes are high. If Perry v. Schwarzenegger reaches the Supreme Court and Boies and Olson are successful, gays and lesbians nationwide would not only have the right to marry, …

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Quote Of The Day – Antonin Scalia

“My burden is not to show that originalism is perfect but to show that it beats the other available alternatives. Did any provision of the Constitution guarantee a right to abortion? No one thought so for almost two centuries after the founding. Did any provision in the Constitution guarantee a right to homosexual sodomy? Same answer.” – Supreme Court Justice …

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R-71 Names Battle Referred To Full Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has referred the R-71 names battle to the full Court for review. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday referred to the full Supreme Court a request t0 block the release of names of people who signed petitions seeking to overturn Washington’s new “everything but marriage” same-sex domestic partner law. David Ammons, spokesman for Secretary …

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Washington Haters Take R-71 Names Issue To SCOTUS

Backers of Washington’s Referendum 71 have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn last week’s judgment that they must reveal the names of those who signed the petition to get the issue on the ballot. Justice Anthony Kennedy has ordered Washington state to file a response. In September, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle temporarily barred state officials from releasing …

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Prop 8 Backers Seek To Boot CA Attorney General From Their Side

California Attorney General Jerry Brown is refusing to defend Proposition 8 from a lawsuit contending that it is unconstitutional. Because he agrees. Therefore Protect Marriage now wants him listed as a plaintiff in the suit, rather than a defendant. In court papers filed late Friday, Proposition 8 backers argue that allowing Brown to remain as a named defendant in the …

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Ted Olson Seeks To Overturn Restrictions On Political Speech By Corporations

Mostly-conservative lawyer kingpin Ted Olson, one half of the duo working to bring a pro-marriage equality case before the Supreme Court, returned to his roots yesterday, appearing before SCOTUS (on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s first day on the bench) to argue that laws restricting corporations from making political speech be swept away. Olson’s client, a non-profit called Citizens United, has made …

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80’s Flashback

2 Live Crew, Me So Horny, 1989. Using the music of Mass Production’s 1979 hit Firecracker and a vocal sample from Full Metal Jacket, this track took the Miami-based rappers to the top of the charts, to jail, and eventually, to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that freedom of speech protected the group from charges of obscenity. The album …

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Wise Latina Confirmed

Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice today in a partisan vote of 68-31. All Democrats approved, as well as nine Republicans. Sen. Ted Kennedy was too ill to be in the chamber. The GOP’s ugly smear campaign against Sotomayor may have repercussions in the next election. From the moment Mr. Obama chose her in May, many …

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Sotomayor Moves Forward, 13-6

As expected, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was the lone GOP vote for Sonia Sotomayor today, joining a dozen Judiciary Committee Democrats in forwarding her nomination to the full Senate for approval. Two of the veteran GOP senators who voted against her, Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), have never before opposed a Supreme Court nominee. The committee’s …

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BAM! Rachel Maddow Slams Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan on why 108 of 110 SCOTUS justices have been white: Pat Buchanan: “White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a …

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Sotomayor Grilled On Same-Sex Marriage

Sonia Sotomayor says she will look at same-sex marriage “with a completely open mind” and seemed to take offense at any implication that she’s already decided on the issue. NOTE: Argh. I’m trying to transcribe Sotomayor’s comments and this C-SPAN player is the pits. This post replaces a previous post that went kerfluey with these C-SPAN players. Let’s try again. …

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Sotomayor Asked About Marriage

In the third day of her confirmation hearings, Sonia Sotomayor was finally asked about same-sex marriage. But the SCOTUS nominee said she couldn’t answer. The subject was raised indirectly by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley did not mention same-sex marriage directly, but that was the implication when he asked Sonia Sotomayor about a court ruling that said Minnesota could …

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GOP Senator Does Ricky Ricardo Impression To Sonia Sotomayor

SRSLY. Maybe Sen. Coburn thinks Lucy was married to a Puerto Rican?

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Sotomayor’s A Terrorist!

Oh, brother. Check out this ad from some nutjob outfit called “The Committee For Justice.” Think Progress responds: “The claim that Sotomayor led a terrorist organization apparently refers to her service on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a mainstream civil rights organization. It seems that, in the right-wing mind, a group that protects Latinos …

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Sotomayor: Roe Is Settled Law

The wingnuts are gonna go ballistic. Wheee!! UPDATE: “Jane Roe” herself was arrested at yesterday’s hearing. Norma McCorvey, 61, of Texas, better known as “Jane Roe,” began screaming that Sotomayor was “wrong” about abortion during the opening statement of the newest member of the Senate, Al Franken, D-Minn. McCorvey’s suit led to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. …

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