The Supreme Court has so far had little to say about Donald Trump's time as president, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That's about to change. The justices' first deep dive into a Trump administration policy comes in a dispute over the third and latest version of the administration's ban on travel from some countries with majority Muslim populations. Opponents of the policy and some lower courts have labeled it a "Muslim ban," harking back to Mr. Trump's campaign call to keep Muslims from entering the country. The high-stakes arguments at the high court on Wednesday could offer some indication about how a court that runs on respect for traditions and precedent will deal with a president who regularly breaks with convention. Apart from the campaign statements, Mr. Trump's presidential tweets about the travel ban and last fall's retweets of inflammatory videos that stoked anti-Islam sentiment all could feature in the court's discussion of the travel … [Read more...] about Travel ban case comes as Supreme Court’s first dive into Trump Policy
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Margery Eagan April 23, 2018 TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO, when Anita Hill stunned America with stories of Clarence Thomas’s fascination with Long Dong Silver, I was a reporter squeezed in among other reporters on the floor of the packed and sweaty Senate hearing room. I remember feeling disappointed, but not surprised, when those senators — all white men — confirmed Thomas to the US Supreme Court. A lifetime appointment.Pathetic as it seems now, I was just grateful that Hill had brought sexual harassment out of the closet. Bosses started worrying. Instructions popped up, taped to the women’s bathroom door, on what to do about creepy colleagues. There was a chance that turning in a creepy colleague would make harassment stop. That didn’t happen. Still, it was a start.Here’s what’s pathetic today. Thomas remains on the court, … [Read more...] about Why is Clarence Thomas still on the Supreme Court?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Courts & Law (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) by Robert Barnes by Robert Barnes Email the author April 22 at 6:32 PM Email the author The Supreme Court’s final oral argument of the term will be one of its most important and potentially far-reaching, an examination of the president’s authority to protect the country by banning some foreigners who seek entry. But, similar to a debate that has consumed Washington for the past 15 months, a major issue for the court is separating “the president” from “this president.” The justices on Wednesday will consider President Trump’s … [Read more...] about In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first big showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries. The case represents a test of the limits of presidential power. Trump’s policy, announced in September, blocks entry into the United States of most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Chad previously was on the list but Trump lifted those restrictions on April 10. The high court has never decided the legal merits of the travel ban or any other major Trump immigration policy, including his move to rescind protections for young immigrants sometimes called Dreamers brought into the United States illegally as children. It has previously acted on Trump requests to undo lower court orders blocking those two policies, siding with him on the travel ban and opposing him on the … [Read more...] about Trump’s travel ban faces U.S. Supreme Court showdown
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print COLUMBUS — No one would be executed under a Gov. William M. O’Neill. “I’m not here on planet Earth to execute anyone,” the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said. William O'Neill, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, speaks during the Ohio Democratic Party's fifth debate in the primary race for governor. ASSOCIATED PRESS Enlarge As an Ohio Supreme Court justice for five years, he ruled on appeals involving the death penalty. But he dissented when it came to setting dates to carry out the ultimate punishment, saying he believes Ohio’s death penalty is unconstitutional. “At some point the Ohio General Assembly has to address the fact that the death penalty hasn’t worked in Ohio for probably 50 years,” Mr. O’Neill said. “It’s not a deterrent to crime.... It’s incredibly expensive in litigation…. I even think the system of having somebody on … [Read more...] about O’Neill hopes to step from Ohio Supreme Court to Ohio governors mansion