Tag: Scalia, Antonin

A Supreme Court Abortion Case That Tests the Court Itself

Under the rules that normally govern the American judicial system, the Louisiana abortion law at the center of a case the Supreme Court added to its docket last week is flagrantly unconstitutional. My goal in this column is to make visible not only the stakes in the case but also Louisiana’s strategy for saving its […]

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Don’t Be Fooled. Chief Justice John Roberts Is as Partisan as They Come.

The Supreme Court’s new term that begins on Monday could prove momentous, with cases involving gun control, abortion, L.G.B.T. rights and immigration. The term is likely to signal how far the court’s conservative majority will go to block the agenda of the next Democratic president and Congress. With the court on the precipice of a […]

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Can Someone Be Fired for Being Gay? The Supreme Court Will Decide

ATLANTA — The Supreme Court has delivered a remarkable series of victories to the gay rights movement over the last two decades, culminating in a ruling that established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. But in more than half the states, someone can still be fired for being gay. Early in its new term, on […]

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Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates

The Supreme Court’s decision in last term’s big religion case, on the constitutionality of a Latin cross that stands 40 feet tall on public land in Bladensburg, Md., left both sides in the religion wars unsatisfied. The court’s several opinions, adding up to seven votes to keep the cross in place, disappointed the secularists who […]

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In Epstein Tweets, Trump Revisits a Favored Conspiracy Genre: Murder

President Trump has long used his fame and platform to amplify conspiracy theories and undermine his political enemies by muddying the waters when it comes to facts. For years, he has helped to erode voter faith in institutions by invoking the idea of a sinister force — such as the “deep state” or a rigged […]

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Why Justice Stevens Turned Against the Death Penalty

Justice John Paul Stevens struck an important blow against the modern death penalty 17 years ago in a Supreme Court decision barring capital punishment for intellectually disabled people. In his majority opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, Justice Stevens said the “cognitive and behavioral impairments” of the intellectually disabled made them “less morally culpable” and put […]

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How Supreme Court Nominations Became So Partisan

CONFIRMATION BIAS Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, From Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh By Carl Hulse On Feb. 12, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia died of a heart attack at a remote luxury resort in West Texas. The Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, wasted no time declaring that his party would not allow President […]

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