Why the US Supreme Court Is So Divided

No media source currently available Pop-out player Lawmakers in the United States have been debating how to deal with an accusation against a nominee for the Supreme Court. The issue has turned into a political battle between the two major parties. Observers may ask why a Supreme Court candidate shows such a wide division between [...]

Supreme Court Nominees Have Withdrawn In The Past For A Wide Variety Of Reasons

Judge Brett Kavanaugh — despite some loud objections from Democrats — seemed to be a shoe-in for confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. But then came an allegation of assault, which the nominee has now denied twice, calling it “false.” Historically, most nominees to SCOTUS are successful, but a handful have not been. There are [...]

Arguments set on West Virginia Supreme Court seats

A group of judicial stand-ins representing West Virginia’s Supreme Court was hearing challenges Monday to GOP Gov. Jim Justice’s appointments of two Republican politicians to replace two departed justices. Democrats have called the impeachments that imploded the state’s highest court an unprecedented power grab by the West Virginia GOP. One of the petitions being heard [...]

Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court’s looming legitimacy crisis

The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination has become a crisis of conscience for America: a test of whether sexual assault allegations against a powerful man are taken seriously by the Senate, of just how real the broader post-#MeToo awakening is. But for the Supreme Court, it’s a sign of a different kind of crisis on [...]

Protesters Say ‘Kava-No’ to Supreme Court Nominee

Some 50 supporters of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford rallied outside the Federal courthouse downtown San Diego on Sunday to denounced Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The premise for the rally was political — supporting a woman’s claim of sexual assault during hearings for a Supreme Court nominee. But it became bigger than politics. Many came out [...]

The Supreme Court: Every seat "a chess piece in the struggle for …

Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify this coming week about her allegation of assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Word came yesterday – after a standoff between her and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Martha Teichner takes us behind the headlines: For the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley, this past week has [...]

Craigslist killer seeks appeal to US Supreme Court – 13abc

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers has appealed his death penalty conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard Beasley’s latest appeal argues Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick DeWine should have recused himself because he’s the son of state Attorney General Mike DeWine. [...]

Supreme Court established as nation’s highest tribunal, Sept. 24, 1789

U.S. Supreme Court building. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite By ANDREW GLASS 09/24/2018 12:03 AM EDT On this day in 1789, the first Congress enacted the Judiciary Act and sent it to President George Washington for his signature. The legislation established the U.S. Supreme Court as a high tribunal to be made up of six [...]

Ridiculous confirmation fights are killing the Supreme Court

The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982, an alcohol-soaked party in a suburban Washington home. There her 15-year-old self was, she says, assaulted by 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who categorically denies this accusation. On July 1, 1987, just 45 minutes after Ronald Reagan announced [...]

The Supreme Court Is Coming Apart

The second major threat to the court comes from the radicalness of Republican-appointed justices. It’s true that the Democratic-appointed justices are more reliably liberal than in the past. There are no more conservatives like Byron White (a John Kennedy appointee) or Felix Frankfurter (a Franklin Roosevelt appointee). But the court’s Democrats still range from moderate [...]

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