During a panel discussion at N.Y.U. last night, retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor spoke against judicial elections–and refused to speak about that other election.
O'Connor favors "merit selection" of judges, meaning she believes governors and presidents should appoint them. Some states use that system, but others let voters decide who sits on Read More
Antonin Scalia is determined to make his private reputation as a hothead his public image.
The private reputation as a bully has long been whispered. (It’s all through Joan Biskupic’s bio of Sandra Day O’Connor (S.D.O: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice)).
But Scalia wants to Read More
Well, that didn’t take long. As I started to write an item on New York’s senior Senator and the new SCOTUS nominee, Judge Samuel Alito, the following popped up from Chuck:
“It is sad that the President felt he had to pick a nominee likely to divide America instead of choosing a nominee Read More
Their “No” votes on Roberts positioned them for a hard line on a more conservative nominee.
Now Bush has nominated a loyalist, White House counsel Harriett Miers, to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. Do Chuck and Hillary fight the fight they’d prepared for, or claim victory and vote “Yes,” arguing that the threat Read More
The meritocracy has been around for nearly 60 years now, but the moral claims that were made for it at the beginning have all but vanished. That is the news contained in the Supreme Court’s recent decision on affirmative action in the Michigan Law School case: The meritocracy’s days may actually be numbered.
For the Read More