Archive for: June 2007

June 30, 2007

Close Supreme Court Rulings Suggest Politics, Not Justice

Filed under: Supreme Court - 30 Jun 2007

There have been more single vote decisions in the Supreme Court’s rulings this term than there have been in over a decade. 24 of the Court’s 72 rulings have been decided by a 5-4 vote, almost all of these …

June 29, 2007

Guantanamo Prisoners May Appeal Before Civilian Judges

Filed under: Supreme Court - 29 Jun 2007

Today it the U.S. Supreme Court spun around on an April decision to deny prisoners in Guantanamo Bay access to civilian courts. Hundreds of prisoners will soon have the opportunity to be heard before federal judges, appealing unjust confinement …

June 27, 2007

Immigration Bill On the Edge

Filed under: Bush,Immigration,News,Senate - 27 Jun 2007

The Senate Immigration bill is rapidly losing support from both left and right wing supporters as it moves towards a crucial vote today. The bill is a top priority for the Bush administration, but the Republican party resolution disapproving …

No Standing for Private Citizens

Filed under: Supreme Court - 27 Jun 2007

A quick note on Monday’s Supreme Court decision denying individual tax payers the ability to bring suit against the government for mis-spending funds on religious organizations. The decision is unfortunate for it takes away an important check on our …

June 25, 2007

Speech Still Free For Those Who Can Pay For It

Filed under: Politics,Supreme Court,Voting - 25 Jun 2007

Released on the same day as the decision discussed below by Boarder, the Supreme Court struck down limits on political advertising spending. Rolling back a major portion of the McCain-Feingold bill that was upheld in 2003, the Court’s decision …

“Bong Hits 4 Jesus,” Just Not At School

Filed under: First Amendment,Freedom of Speech,Supreme Court - 25 Jun 2007

The supreme court ruled to limit students’ speech today, at least when it comes to pro-marijuana messages.

In 2002, Joseph Frederick unfurled a banner at a school-sanctioned event which read, “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.” Young Frederick was summarily …

June 24, 2007

Supreme Court Protects Criminal Defendants

Filed under: Fourth Amendment,Supreme Court - 24 Jun 2007

The Supreme Court last week quietly issued an unanimous decision upholding Fourth Amendment protections for passengers in stopped cars. The Court held that a passenger in a car is considered “seized” – an important determination that triggers Fourth Amendment …

June 23, 2007

Victory For States’ Rights In Environmental Ruling

Filed under: Environment,EPA,Law - 23 Jun 2007

A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that tossed out key provisions of a Massachusetts state law aimed at preventing oil spills, a move environmentalists hailed as a victory in efforts to beef up protection of the state’s waterways …

June 20, 2007

Bush’s Veto Pen and the Contradictions of the Sanctity of Life

Filed under: Bush,Military,Stem Cell Research - 20 Jun 2007

President Bush’s veto today of legislation that would have lifted federal restrictions on scientific research was only the third veto of his six-plus year presidency, joining a previous rejection of a similar bill and his veto of the Iraq War …

Bush Vetos Stem Cell Bill for Second Time

Filed under: Bush,Stem Cell Research - 20 Jun 2007

Today President Bush issued only the third veto of his presidency, knocking down legislation that would have lifted the restrictions he placed on stem cell research early in his first term. In a manner of speaking this was only …

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