Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

May 14th, 2023 - 2:55 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

It’s tough being a Supreme Court justice

Deciding cases and writing decisions is the easy part, especially if you’re a partisan hack. The tough part is living with the notoriety. If being a SCOTUS justice has perks, there’s also a downside: You’re famous, and your critics know where you live. This is Justice KavanaughR[...]

May 4th, 2023 - 7:41 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

How to start a rumor

Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife are neck deep in cash and lavish gifts. Billionaire Harlan Crow treated the Thomases to exotic vacations, travel on jet planes and lounging on yachts, bought his mother’s home and lets her live there rent free, and paid private school tuition for a nephew h[...]

April 30th, 2023 - 10:28 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Should courts go easy on teenage killers?

The gunfire, it seems, never stops. And in many cases, kids are pulling the triggers. In South Carolina, a drive-by shooting at a park wounded 9 young people, ages 16 to 20, in the wee hours of Saturday, April 29, 2023. Police found “dozens of shell casings from several different weapons,̶[...]

April 28th, 2023 - 12:14 am § in Law and Courts, Politics

Thomas defender could use his own ethics refresher

Mark Paoletta is a political lawyer. By that I mean he’s a lawyer in politics; in his case, on the Republican side. During the Trump administration, Paoletta was Vice President Pence’s chief counsel, then OMB general counsel. Now in a Washington D.C. private practice, Wikipedia says (her[...]

April 7th, 2023 - 10:57 pm § in Law and Courts

The Ballad of Clarence Thomas (video)

The Supreme Court hasn’t been held in lower public esteem since before the Civil War, and Justice Thomas is a big part of the reason why. So go ahead and mock him; he has it coming. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

March 27th, 2023 - 2:52 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Florida GOP bill gives racists right to sue if you call them racists

And Florida’s GOP-controlled legislature is poised to give racists a right to sue you for defamation if you call them racists. Does that sound like infringing free speech to you? It does to me, too. And also to Rep. Corey Mills (R-FL), the Republican who represents a district between Daytona B[...]

February 24th, 2023 - 2:54 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Guns in schools news for 2/24/23

“A 2-year-old girl, 13-year-old boy, 15-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys were shot in the schoolyard of the James G. Blaine School at about 5:52 p.m. Thursday, according to Philadelphia police.” (Read story here.) “A male juvenile suspect has been arrested at a high school bas[...]

February 22nd, 2023 - 1:37 pm § in Law and Courts

The Supreme Court doesn’t care about gun violence

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in the Bruen case is “upending gun laws across the country,” Huffington Post says (see story here). That’s because the court changed the rules about how gun laws are reviewed for constitutionality, in a way that’s very bad for public s[...]

February 22nd, 2023 - 1:06 pm § in Law and Courts

What if a state refuses to obey the Supreme Court?

Arizona badly wants to execute cop killer John Montenegro Cruz (photo, left), and has defied Supreme Court rulings standing in the way. In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled that if prosecutors seek a death sentence by telling jurors a defendant is a threat to society, the judge must allow his attorneys [...]

February 15th, 2023 - 7:58 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

How much are Republicans and the Supreme Court to blame for gun violence?

Well, for starters, America’s gun violence problem is unique. No other country experiences the mass shootings we do. So we’re doing something different from others that encourages it or at least makes it possible. How about lax gun laws? In May 2022, a CNN columnist wrote (here), “[...]