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.
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...
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 Court.
June 13, 2011 |
Ethics laws that require a legislator to abstain from voting when there is a potential conflict of interest are as old as the union, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, and do not violate the First Amendment's protection of free speech. The court's unanimous decision overturned a Nevada Supreme Court decision that said public officials' votes were a form of constitutionally protected self-expression. In an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia , the court said laws requiring legislators to recuse themselves from voting on issues in which they...
March 26, 2013 |
The Supreme Court will hear two cases on gay marriage Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's case concerns California's Proposition 8, passed by voters there in 2008. On Wednesday, the justices will consider the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by Congress in 1996. Robert Barnes reports that the justices have " an unusually wide range of options " for deciding the cases: With an overwhelming majority of state laws pointing one way and public opinion trending rapidly in the other, the Supreme Court may enter this week's...
June 17, 2013 |
MANILA — In what is expected to mark a pivotal moment in this rapidly developing but still impoverished nation, the Supreme Court of the Philippines will weigh next month the constitutionality of a new reproductive-health law that pits the entrenched power of the Roman Catholic establishment against a rising tide of modernization and economic aspiration. The measure, which was signed into law in December after a bitter 14-year battle between women's rights...