In the same week the Supreme Court heard its two historic cases on same-sex marriage, Google announced the first lucky test subjects who would get to try Google Glass — history-making eyewear that puts the Internet in your field of vision. None of the justices were selected, but maybe Google should lend them a pair before they reach a decision in June. Read More
A tall, hulking man in his late 70s, William Rehnquist, then the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, crawled down on all fours to say hello to the two little girls who had scurried under the table when he approached at a luncheon.
Sally Rider and her partner, Betsy, had tried to teach their two preschool-age daughters how to shake hands with Rehnquist. At the time, Rider was his top aide. Read More
Three years ago, the tea party movement erupted and became the talk of the nation. It’s hard to precisely determine what drove this convulsion; some elements were clearly libertarian, others were composed of people nervous about what they called Obamacare, and still others were just afraid of the Great Recession.One element, however, was unmistakable: nativists who feared the nation was being overrun by illegal immigrants who come here to receive social benefits. Read More
Those who paint U.S. Supreme Court justices with a broad brush only prove they don’t really understand the court.Justice Antonin Scalia was dead wrong in striking down California’s restriction on selling horribly violent video games to children. And Justice Clarence Thomas did a spectacular job of showing why the founders would uphold this law. Read More
A closely watched U.S. Supreme Court decision on the fate of a California law that would bar minors from buying or renting “ultraviolent” video games could come as soon as today.
Both the video game industry and free-speech groups oppose the ban, which was authored by state Sen. Leland Yee and signed into law in 2005 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was later struck down by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More
Faced with a string of Supreme Court ruings in cases dear to liberal hearts regarding campaign censorship and gun control, America’s liberals are taking up a new line of argument regarding the courts by accusing the right of being hypocritical on the subject of “judicial activism.”
It’s a rather convenient argument and certainly comes in reaction to conservative and libertarian groups’ now-successful attempts to use the courts to their advantage as the left has done for decades. Read More