Roberts, as he has sometimes done during his just-completed first 10 years as chief justice, managed to please and disappoint both sides of the political spectrum with his votes.As if scripted by a screenwriter, Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the court in King v. Burwell, which again sided with President Barack Obama’s administration in upholding the president’s signature health care law.Despite Roberts’ track record as a reliable conservative on many issues, the ACA decision reinforced doubts among many on the political right about his commitment to conservative ideals. Carrie Severino, the chief counsel of the right-leaning Judicial Crisis Network in Washington, D.C., and a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas, says Roberts has been feeding the fears that have existed in the back of conservatives’ minds since his nomination in 2005.“When the chief justice was nominated, a lot of people like me wanted to be optimistic, but we had … [Read more...] about John Roberts marks 10 years as chief justice by taking the long view
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Hon’ble Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha and the Chief Guest of today’s function, Mr. Soli Sorabjee, Senior Advocate and former Attorney General for India, Dr. Abhishek Singhvi, Member of Parliament and Senior Advocate, learned members of the Bar, friends from the electronic media, ladies and gentlemen,Dr. Abhishek Singhvi, after obtaining my consent to deliver Dr. L.M. Singhvi Memorial Lecture, has sent the lectures delivered by eminent jurists, judges, thinkers and philosophers. That apart, I also found the communication contained the tributes given to late Dr. L.M. Singhvi and the kind of books authored by the great multifaceted personality. I am obliged to refer to some of the tributes to prove a point. One speaks of him as one who welcomed ideas, breathed fresh air of intellect, and splendidly adjusted every moment to the various roles he played in his life. Another likes him to walk with Chagla and Palkhivala and points out the commonality between them, that … [Read more...] about Indian Justice System: Thoughts For Progressive Orientation [Text Of Dr.LM Singhvi Memorial Lecture By Justice Dipak Misra]
In a 1983 thesis, Elena Kagan criticized the liberal U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren for basing its rulings on social justice rather than legal principle.The Oxford University thesis will likely help Democrats make out a case that Kagan is not a judicial activist, the Wall Street Journal reports. Kagan was 22 when she wrote the paper, according to the Washington Post, and she had not yet gone to law school, the New York Times points out. The paper was among more than 6,000 pages of documents turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.“No court should make or justify its decisions solely by reference to the demands of social justice,” Kagan wrote in the thesis (PDF posted by the New York Times) . “Decisions should be based upon legal principle.”Kagan’s paper focused on the exclusionary rule, applied to the states in a 1961 ruling. She said the criminal justice systems of several states evidently offended the Warren Court, … [Read more...] about Kagan Docs Reveal: Warren Court Criticism, Millionaire Status, Skadden Arps Prep
In the agonizing days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, it became apparent to the nation’s newly sworn president that much of what seemed so inexplicable needed to be explained. The murder of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald two days after his arrest had precluded any public trial, and any determination of his motive.Glaring blunders by the FBI and the Dallas Police Department bred deep mistrust of traditional criminal investigation. Even more troubling, the sheer scale of the tragedy seemed to demand a grander conspiracy than the incongruous politics of a single troubled man. President Lyndon B. Johnson persuaded Chief Justice Earl Warren to head a bipartisan commission to investigate the murders. To work with him he appointed Sens. Richard B. Russell and John Sherman Cooper; Reps. Hale Boggs and Gerald R. Ford; former CIA Director Allen W. Dulles; and John J. McCloy, a lawyer and Johnson confidant.By the time the commission handed over its findings on Sept. 24, … [Read more...] about Sept. 24, 1964: Warren Commission reports on John F. Kennedy’s death
In June 1962, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted review of the handwritten pauper’s appeal from a Florida inmate named Clarence Earl Gideon, the court correspondent of the New York Times immediately knew he had a good news story on his hands. And, he thought, it was likely to be something more.The correspondent was Anthony Lewis, then a 35-year-old Harvard graduate in his seventh year covering legal affairs in the Times’ Washington bureau. Even before he got a good look at Gideon’s appeal, in which the man convicted of breaking into and entering a pool hall had sought the aid of a lawyer at his trial, Lewis realized from the Supreme Court’s order that it would consider overruling a key precedent on the provision of counsel to indigent defendants.Lewis had recently been asked to write a children’s book about the Supreme Court, and his initial thought was that Gideon’s case might make for a good chapter or vignette in such a book. Luckily, for … [Read more...] about Fifty years later, how is the justice system living up to the Gideon ideal?