Last Friday, after Chief Justice John Roberts upheld Obamacare as a legitimate use of the federal government’s taxing power, we said the decision, “exposed the fact that the supposedly conservative Chief Justice of the Court, is actually an unprincipled political operative who can be cowed into supporting a massive expansion of the welfare state in the face of sustained and organized liberal media pressure.”
Now CBS News’ Jan Crawford has produced [...]
As legal scholars study the Supreme Court’s decision in the Obamacare case, more and more are concluding that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s dissenting opinion, striking down the law in its entirety, was once the majority opinion–and that Chief Justice John Roberts switched his vote at a late stage. If so, it would appear that the Chief Justice may have succumbed to the bullying meted out by President Barack Obama, who attacked the Court [...]
Supreme Court seems to endorse Arizona’s controversial immigration law
Rulings likely to carry on into June
Positive ruling could potentially damage Obama’s re-election campaign
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to endorse Arizona’s immigration crackdown on Wednesday, rejecting the Obama administration stance that the federal government has sole power over those who illegally enter the United States.
Justices suggested by their questions and comments that states have significant latitude to adopt laws that discourage illegal [...]
To be the swing voter, you have to be willing to swing. In the last three weeks, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has shown how it’s done.
First he wrote the majority opinion in a landmark 5-4 case establishing a constitutional right to an adequate lawyer in plea-bargaining negotiations. Liberals were enthused. Yet in his tough questioning during the Obamacare arguments, he shook up the conventional wisdom that mandatory coverage would [...]
In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the “trespass bill”, which gives you a 10-year sentence for protestinganywhere near someone with secret service protection. These criminalizations of being human follow, of [...]
Congress gets rough treatment at Supreme Court
By MARK SHERMAN | Associated Press – 20 hrs ago…
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court left little doubt during last week’s marathon arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul that it has scant faith in Congress’ ability to get anything done.
“You can’t repeal the rest of the act because you’re not going to get 60 votes in the Senate to repeal the rest. [...]
LOUISE RADNOFSKY, BRENT KENDALL and JESS BRAVIN
The Wall Street Journal
March 27, 2012
The Supreme Court’s five conservative justices on Tuesday sharply challenged the Obama administration’s arguments for the health-care law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy saying the government has a “very heavy burden of justification” for the law’s requirement that people carry health insurance or pay a penalty.
The conservative justices fired a barrage of questions at the government’s lawyer, Solicitor General Donald [...]
By David G. SavageMarch 28, 2012, 8:35 a.m.
Reporting from Washington—
The Supreme Court’s conservative justices said Wednesday they are prepared to strike down President Obama’s healthcare law entirely.
Picking up where they left off Tuesday, the conservatives said they thought a decision striking down the law’s controversial individual mandate to purchase health insurance means the whole statute should fall with it.
The court’s conservatives sounded as though they had determined for themselves that the 2,700-page [...]
By James Vicini
WASHINGTON | Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:14pm EST
(Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the U.S. healthcare system’s biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.
A Supreme Court spokeswoman said oral arguments would take place in March. There will be a total of 5-1/2 hours of argument. The court would be expected to rule [...]
The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.
The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is “required by the Constitution” to correct longstanding violations of inmates’ rights.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, a California native, wrote the majority opinion, in which he included photos of [...]