President Barack Obama ’s apparent short list of prospective Supreme Court nominees includes distinguished jurists and respected legal minds. With few possible exceptions, they have never faced a voter for elective office.
The U.S. Supreme Court has always been riven and 5-4 rulings under Chief Justice John G. Roberts on issues including prayers at government meetings and federal recognition of same-sex marriage isn’t a new phenomenon, high- court scholar Laurence Tribe said in an interview.
“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” wrote U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, making pretty clear what he thinks about Obamacare even as he supplied the crucial fifth vote to uphold it.
As a student at Harvard Law School two decades ago, Wendy Davis was drawn to a legal clinic for the poor. For two years, she helped AIDS patients write living wills, and surviving partners figure out their legal rights.
Can U.S. citizens count on using the Internet and cell-phone networks to communicate in high-stress situations? The Federal Communications Commission is about to examine that question. Public interest and the law both require that channels stay open.