June 27, 2012 |
Justice Antonin Scalia needs to resign from the Supreme Court. He'd have a lot of things to do. He's a fine public speaker and teacher. He'd be a heck of a columnist and blogger. But he really seems to aspire to being a politician — and that's the problem. So often, Scalia has chosen to ignore the obligation of a Supreme Court justice to be, and appear to be, impartial. He's turned "judicial restraint" into an oxymoronic phrase. But what he did this week, when the court announced its decision on the Arizona immigration law , should be the...
March 25, 2013 |
A cautious and conflicted Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed wary of a broad constitutional finding on whether same-sex couples have the right to marry, and some justices indicated that it may be premature for them to intervene in a fast-moving, unsettled political environment. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, considered to be the pivotal vote on the issue, said the court was in "uncharted waters. " He questioned whether it should have even accepted the case, in which lower courts struck down California's...
May 23, 2008
Talk of a Supreme Court nomination for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton by Sen. Barack Obama, should he gain the White House, is based on poor judgment ["Next Stop, Supreme Court?" op-ed, May 21]. The idea that a Supreme Court position could be offered simply as a consolation prize for losing the Democratic presidential nomination is insulting to all the qualified justices on the court. What qualification does Ms. Clinton have for such a position? Surely she is no more qualified than former nominee Harriet Miers was. Ms. Clinton's...
October 2, 2011
All oral arguments are open to the public, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Before a session begins, two lines form on the plaza in front of the building. One is for those who wish to attend an entire argument, and the other, a three-minute line, is for those who wish to observe the Court in session only briefly. Please do not hold a space in either line for others who have not yet arrived. Seating for the first argument begins at 9:30 a.m. and seating for the three-minute line begins at 10 a.m. The locations for...
February 21, 2010 |
CORRECTION: A photograph with the essay showing President Obama talking to Justices John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy, was credited incorrectly. Steve Petteway is a staff photographer for the Supreme Court, not the Associated Press. He's too detached and cerebral . Too deferential to Congress. Too willing to compromise . And he's too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished . These are some of the qualities for which the president, rightly or wrongly, is criticized.
July 2, 2012
Regarding Chief Justice G. Roberts Jr.'s probable motivations for his decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act [" High court speculation: Did Roberts switch vote? ", front page, June 30], as a conservative I want to make clear my key objection. Mr. Roberts's decision self-evidently elevated political and institutional considerations over fealty to the Constitution. However, the oath of a Supreme Court justice is to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States," not "support and defend the Supreme...