Supreme Court Archives

You can’t really read the decision in NAMUDNO v. Holder, the closely watched voting rights case that the Supreme Court decided on Monday, and miss how ambivalent the language is in the Justice Roberts’s majority opinion, which leaves a key portion of the landmark Voting Rights Act (mostly) untouched. The majority opinion in the 8-1 decision (Justice Read More

Did you know that some Republicans, like Sen. John McCain for instance, are unhappy with President Obama and his leftist agenda? News at 11! Your PostBourgie-approved reading material from the weekend: 1. In her exhausting and depressing essay in this month’s edition of The Atlantic, author Sandra Tsing Loh makes a compelling case that the Read More

Your reading material from the weekend: 1. In a New Yorker essay this week, Jeff Toobin discusses the Sotomayor pick and the way discussions about diversity and representation on the court have changed. There used to be seats allocated based on geography, and there was a designated “Catholic” seat; the current Court boasts 6 Catholic Read More

A brief roundup of takes on the new National Review cover image of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor: Feministing: Apparently if you’re not white or male, it really doesn’t matter what your racial or ethnic identity is. They’re all interchangeable. You’re just Other. Pandagon: It’s not offensive because it’s someone else’s stereotype, like if I Read More

Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog takes a look at Sotomayor’s rulings on cases involving race while she sat on the Second Circuit. There are roughly 100.  They cover the gamut from employment discrimination to racial bias in jury selection. I decided that I would stop and write an interim report once I got through her 50 most Read More

(x-posted from here.) Judging from jonolan’s comment on a previous post, it’s probably reasonable to assume that conservatives will, in their criticism of Sotomayor, zero in on this line from a lecture she recently gave: I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach Read More

Discuss. UPDATE. More on Sotomayor: Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog predicts what we can expect in the leadup to the confirmation hearings. He also has a handy round-up of her apellate opinions. Ambinder details how Sotomayor, who had been at the top of the president’s list from jump, ended up being the pick. He also gets Read More

If they’re good enough for the president, senators, congress members and most other elected representatives, why not Supreme Court justices? Matt hits on a topic I’ve been jonesing on for the past few years – mostly as part of a low-key effort to unseat Scalia and Thomas: … it’s worth emphasizing what a macabre spectacle Read More

This is the nightmare world we live in right now, folks. [via.] We’re Fucked, Part 1. An economist at Merrill Lynch says that the real unemployment rate is close to 14 percent. We’re Fucked, Part 2. Still not believing? Peep this graph, then holla at us. (…And By ‘We’, We Mean Dudes.) The Times reports that 82 percent Read More

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been diagnosed with cancer. WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the court said. Pancreatic cancer is often deadly, although the court said doctors apparently found Ginsburg’s cancer at an early stage. Ginsburg, 75, had the surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Read More

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