Category Archives: Supreme Court Issues

Identifying the Implausible

Experiences accumulate – live long enough and you’ll find yourself in the thick of things you never imagined. We were all long-haired radicals out to change the world in college in the late sixties, more or less, but two decades … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Trumpet Again

Anthony Lewis recently passed away – the man who made America actually pay attention to the Supreme Court. Someone had to explain what was going on after the 1954 Brown decision that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white … Continue reading

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Determining Standing

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but as they say, anyone committed to an institution ought to be. That’s a joke, or maybe it isn’t. People get divorced all the time, and remarry, often again and again, hoping to get it … Continue reading

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On Stopping History

William F. Buckley once said that a conservative is “someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” That was … Continue reading

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On Trusting Experts

Except for neurosurgeons, no one thinks they’re a brain surgeon, and no one who isn’t a rocket scientist claims to be one – in fact we have that turn of phrase when we want to say someone is making things … Continue reading

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Jurisprudence and Prudence

Aside from being a sexual hound dog, John Edwards was never going to be president. He may have said exactly the right things for the right constituencies – there were two Americas and it was time for the little guy, or … Continue reading

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Calling the Game

Americans love to scream at the umpire – or in basketball scream at the ref – when they blow a call. That guy was out at first and that was a perfect game. Everyone saw that last runner was out. … Continue reading

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