SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to Marijuana Legalization Laws

This is very interesting. The Supreme Court on Monday denied cert in a case filed by several states challenging the legalization of marijuana in neighboring states, saying that legalization increased the flow of pot into their own states and required them to expend more resources to fight it. … [Read more...]

Alabama to Continue to Teach Scientific Ignorance

The Alabama State Board of Education has voted unanimously to keep a disclaimer in public school biology textbooks that undermines the teaching of evolution by telling kids they should doubt what they're being taught. Such a disclaimer has been used for a long time because the Christian right wants others to be as ignorant as they are. … [Read more...]

Conservative Group Launches Vile Attack on SCOTUS Nominees

The Judicial Crisis Network was founded as the Judicial Confirmation Network, to push for the confirmation of Bush's appointees to the federal courts. But now that a Democrat is in office, they've done a total 180 and are all for obstruction rather than confirmation. And now they're attacking even potential SCOTUS nominees. … [Read more...]

NSA Data to be Used in Regular Criminal Investigations

When the Patriot Act was passed and the national surveillance state was built, proponents said not to worry, this was just to help us stop terrorists. Civil liberties groups knew that was a lie we've seen the evidence for years. And now it's getting worse because NSA data mining will now be used in routine criminal investigations too. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Reverses AL High Court on Lesbian Adoption

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that refused to recognize an adoption by a lesbian couple that was legal in Georgia. In a per curiam decision (that is, unsigned by a specific justice) the court ruled that the Full Faith and Credit Clause applies in such cases. … [Read more...]

No, Judge Garland Is Not Going to Be Nominated

The New York Times is reporting that the White House is vetting two judges for a possible Supreme Court nomination, Sri Srinivasan and Merrick Garland. The paper had earlier reported that Jane Kelly was also being vetted. Two of those three could very well be the nominee, but Garland doesn't stand a chance. … [Read more...]

Harriet Miers Papers to Be Released

I had a friend here the other day and we got into a conversation about the current situation with a vacancy on the Supreme Court and it led to me telling him about the Harriet Miers nomination from 2005. Most have forgotten about this, but now a cache of more than 50,000 documents related to that nomination are going to be made public by the National Archives in May. … [Read more...]

AL Supreme Court Dismisses Anti-Gay Marriage Cases

In a rather surprising move, the Alabama Supreme Court has dismissed all of the cases and motions filed by county probate judges and Christian right groups demanding that they declare the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage null and voice. They did so in a ruling containing only a single sentence. … [Read more...]

Cruz Continues Faux Religious Freedom Demagoguery

Ted Cruz is fear-mongering just as fast as his gums will flap. Speaking to the National Religious Broadcasters Presidential Forum last week, he told the audience that the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage will force Christian broadcasters to be shut down. … [Read more...]

KY Wingnut Has Cockamamie Plan to Overturn Marriage Ruling

The anti-gay Christian right is absolutely obsessed with finding some way to overturn or get around the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. A Kentucky legislator thinks he's found a way to do just that. His ingenious plan? Just change the name! … [Read more...]

Oral Argument in Abortion Case Goes Well

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case challenging the very popular TRAP laws, designed to shut down abortion clinics with onerous and unnecessary regulations. Ian Millhiser reports that Justice Kennedy, the key vote, seemed very skeptical of those laws. … [Read more...]

Scalia Makes the Case for Legal Realism

President Obama and Sen. Charles Grassley both wrote posts at ScotusBlog about the battle over replacing Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. Grassley repeated the claim that Scalia made that being a judge is just a matter of applying something akin to a mathematical formula to reach the proper legal conclusion. … [Read more...]