April 4, 2013
I admire few journalists more than Walter Pincus, b ut his March 29 Fine Print column, urging that cameras be kept out of the Supreme Court , was misguided and surprising — given that his career has been devoted to shining light on the hidden corners of our government. The Supreme Court is in every way the people's court, yet the only way the people can see it in action is to come to Washington and wait in line — which, for the same-sex marriage cases, often meant paying line-sitters hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
March 28, 2013 |
Cr edit-card fraud can strike anyone, anywhere. Ask Chief Justice John Roberts . Roberts usually uses a credit card to buy his morning coffee at his local Starbucks in suburban Maryland. But on Tuesday, when he needed to be extra sharp for the arguments that day over California's ban on same-sex marriage, he had to pay in cash. Seems someone had gotten his credit-card numbers, he told the cashier, and he was obliged to cancel the card. So be careful out there.
March 12, 2013 |
Lee J. Radek, a lawyer at the Justice Department and former chief of its Public Integrity Section, died Feb. 2 at the Inova HealthPlex medical facility in Alexandria. He was 69. He had a heart attack, said his wife, Jill Radek. Mr. Radek worked for the Justice Department for more than three decades, beginning in 1971 when he joined the criminal division as a trial lawyer. Five years later, he moved to the fledgling Public Integrity Section, which was created in the wake of the ...
March 8, 2013 |
When she retired from the Supreme Court in 2006, Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female justice, left behind a legacy of centrist opinions that determined the outcome of nearly every controversy of her era, from abortion rights to racial remedies. Since then, the woman known for her ranch-bred common sense has embarked on projects related to civics education and judicial independence in the states. Now she has added another piece to her public bequest with a new book. "Out of Order" is a tidy collection of...
February 18, 2013 |
ALMOST FOUR years ago, the Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a decisive victory in a 26-year-long civil war with rebels from the island's minority Tamil community. The cost was horrific: A United Nations investigation subsequently found that up to 40,000 civilians may have died in the government's final offensive. But the triumph made Mr. Rajapaksa a hero among the majority Sinhalese community and gave him an opportunity to modernize his country while healing its ethnic rift.
February 13, 2013 |
President Obama 's State of the Union speech Tuesday was hardly one that would have kept Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and most likely many others — from nodding off from time to time. Ginsburg, who was seated in the first row, arrived looking ready for a party — sporting a glamorous gold statement necklace over her black robe and a pair of what looked like black mesh gloves. But it wasn't just that we'd all heard many of the lines before. Seemed nothing that night was stimulating enough...