Category Archives: Courts

Good News from Georgia

Well, this is welcome news. A Georgia judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage. And in doing so, she offered these words of sanity. Judge Constance C. Russell’s order states: "This Court is well aware that Amendment One … Continue reading

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Supremes Sidestep Gay Families

Did they dodge a bullet or did we? I’m not sure, but I’m a bit relieved when the Supreme Court refuses to rule on a gay adoptions case, thus letting stand a ruling that came down in our favor. In … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Got Our Back

You may have noticed over the last few days that I failed to hop on the “filibuster Alito” bandwagon this weekend. Oh, I’ve blogged about his nomination, etc. But in the past week or so, the moderate head of steam … Continue reading

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Courting Equality

I’ve written once or twice before about the whole idea of minorities pursuing justice via the court system, and a Maryland circuit court judge’s ruling the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional — and state Democrats hoping the Court of … Continue reading

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Wyden Wises Up

File this under “once bitten, twice shy.” After being burned once by supporting a Bush nominee to the Supreme Court — namely, John Roberts and his vote to overturn Oregon’s physician assisted suicide law — Oregon Senator Ron Wyden appears to have … Continue reading

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Wanted: An Opposition Party

In repose to a previous post, commenter Steve writes: I wouldn’t like it either if I were in your shoes.  But the answer isn’t to nitpick every little thing along the way.  The answer is to come up with some … Continue reading

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Never Believe Them. Ever.

The Supreme Court upheld Oregon’s assisted suicide law today, and the issue will most likely be all over the news for the next day or so. What probably won’t get much mention is the lesson that the Court’s ruling should … Continue reading

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Finding Moses on the Freeway

Now, here’s a 10 commandments display I have no problem with at all; erected by a private individual, on his own property, and at his own expense. With all the farmland along the highway, and churches along the roads, self-described … Continue reading

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Ew. Grit.

Will America never get over its obsession with the swaggering cowboy archtype? Will we never stop romanticizing “rough edges” and waxing rhapsodic about the greatness of “grit”? This latest article about Supreme Court Nominee Sam Alito , extolling the virtues … Continue reading

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Wanted: Legal Defense Fund Know-How

No, not for me. I don’t need one. Yet. Via Scott comes word that the Chalice Blog is seeking help from anyone who knows how to set up a legal defense fund; for Corey Maye, specifically. I’m posting it because … Continue reading

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Times Up for Tookie

I’m writing this at about 10:30 pm Monday night, for posting Tuesday morning. By the time this is posted, Tookie Williams — co-founder of the street gang known as the Crips — will have been executed by the state of … Continue reading

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Andrea Yates’ New Trial

The folks over at Independent Sources are upset that Andrea Yates is getting a new trial. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has refused to reconsider a lower court decision that overturned the capital murder convictions of Andrea Yates. A … Continue reading

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What is “Pro-Wife Extremism”?

After the 94/95 Republican takeover of Congress, I thought conservatives couldn’t get any crazier, based on some of the outrageous things they said and did. Boy was I wrong. They’ve got a new frame: “pro-wife extremism”. I kid you not.

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Nuclear Deal Done?

I know it’s unusual for a blogger, but I haven’t jumped into the discussion about Alito for a couple of reasons. One, I want to see what else there is to find out about him, as stuff is surely bound … Continue reading

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Miers Yoinked

Miers withdraws. And just in time to perhaps divert media attention away from the indictments expected to come down any day now. President Bush on Thursday accepted the withdrawal of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, according to a statement from … Continue reading

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