Scalia Invents a New Meaning for “Suspicion” while Letting Ashcroft Off the Hook

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 9:33 am

SCOTUS has just ruled unanimously that John Ashcroft can’t be sued by Abdullah al-Kidd for using a material witness warrant to incarcerate him. The 8 justices (Elena Kagan recused herself) all agree there was no law explicitly prohibiting this kind of abuse of material witness warrants, so Ashcroft has immunity from suit. Where the decision [...]

This Raid on Peace Activists Brought to You By Elena Kagan

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 6:02 am

This article not only describes the hundreds of people who protested FBI raids of peace activists last week, but it provides more detail on what the FBI was looking for. Agents were seeking “evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism,” the FBI said. Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice declined on Monday to [...]

Why Does Anthony Kennedy Hate Lindsey Graham?

By: Friday August 20, 2010 6:58 am

This is a rather interesting public statement from the guy who–at least before Elena Kagan and her obscure views on executive power got sworn in–was the swing vote on SCOTUS. (h/t fatster) “Article III courts are quite capable of trying these terrorist cases,” [Justice Anthony] Kennedy said, agreeing with [an earlier panel that endorsed civilian, [...]

Elena Kagan and Maher Arar

By: Friday May 14, 2010 10:56 am

Remember how I suggested one of the bright sides of Elena Kagen’s nomination to SCOTUS would make Republican heads explode when they realize Hamdan lawyer Neal Katyal may be Acting Solicitor General? Well, keep your eye out for splattered fearmonger brains, because Katyal just signed a document as the Acting Solicitor General. Though perhaps their [...]

SCOTUS Scuttles Prop 8 Video Coverage; The History Behind The Denial

By: Monday January 11, 2010 7:49 pm

As you may have heard (See here and here), the Supreme Court has entered a last minute stay to put a hold on the video feed of the seminal Prop 8 trial in the Norther District of California (NDCA) to select other Federal courthouses in the country as well as the delayed release of video clips of the proceedings via YouTube. It is a disappointing decision for many reasons.

Revenge of Article III

By: Friday June 13, 2008 10:59 am

The opinion restoring Habeas does more than give 200 Gitmo detainees their day in court. It also makes a stand for the power of the Courts.

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