Should Religions Be Exempt From Laws Otherwise Applicable To Others?

ProfMTH explores the issue with a wealth of information, siding against such exemptions: The second video is chock full of legal information.  The most interesting bit in here is where he discusses Antonin Scalia’s strong case against religious exemptions and Sonia Sotomayor’s general support for them. 1. Regarding Christian Legal Society v. Martinez– –the decision [Read More...]

South African Judge Candidate On His Atheism

Really interesting statement in response to ridiculous questions put to him: An Eastern Cape candidate judge caused a stir before the Judicial Service Commission when he told members he left priesthood for the law because he concluded that there is no God. Senior Counsel Torquil Paterson told the JSC: “I left the church for a [Read More...]

Sotomayor Dodges Judicial Philosophy Questions

Clive Crook wanted more from Sotomayor and thinks she got off easy on the most crucial questions: It seemed to me she did not so much clarify the liberal-sounding speeches and remarks (“wise Latina woman” and so on) that have so preoccupied her critics as simply retract them. And both sides let her do it. [Read More...]

Sotomayor Throwing Left Wing Judicial Views Under The Bus?

Georgetown law professor Michael Seidman is disgusted: I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor’s testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she is intellectually unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. If she was perjuring herself, she is morally unqualified. How could someone who has been on the bench for seventeen years possibly believe [Read More...]

On Equity: Plato, Aristotle, and Sotomayor

Some day down the road, I hope to sift all my thoughts on empathy and “wise Latinas judges” in light of Nietzsche’s wealth of insights into perspectival knowledge as a more virile knowledge than the emasculation that comes through objectivity.  (Genealogy of Morals III:12)  But to hold us over in the meantime, here is Joseph [Read More...]


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