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George Takei Defends His 'Blackface' Slam on Justice Thomas

It's not racist, he says

(Newser) - George Takei is usually the one doling out criticism for those who step out of line on matters of race or equality. This time, he's the one catching flak from critics. It's over an interview the actor gave to Fox 10 Phoenix in which he called Justice Clarence... More »

Gay Marriage Ruling: What the 4 Dissenters Had to Say

Lines from John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today declared that gay couples have a right to marry anywhere in America in a 5-4 ruling. In what Politico calls a "rare occurrence," each of the four dissenters penned their own dissent. Here's what they wrote :
  • John Roberts: "If you are among
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Supreme Court Strikes Cap on Political Donations

Decision, split 5-4, will allow individuals to donate as much as they want overall

(Newser) - The Supreme Court dealt yet another blow to campaign finance rules today, ruling that it is unconstitutional to cap the total amount a person could give to candidates, political parties, and PACs. Watergate-era laws have long constrained how much any one person could give; for the 2013-2014 cycle, for example,... More »

Chief Justice: Court Asks Too Many Questions

John Roberts says justices 'overdo it a bit'

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts says he and his colleagues have become too aggressive in questioning lawyers who argue before the Supreme Court. Roberts says the justices "overdo it a bit" in posing questions to lawyers without giving the attorneys the chance to respond. The chief justice says one reason... More »

Thomas: Race Only a Concern in Preventing 'Anarchy'

Plus, reaction to affirmative action ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court didn't outlaw affirmative action with today's 7-1 ruling—but Clarence Thomas thinks it should have. "There is no principled distinction between the University's assertion that diversity yields educational benefits, and segregationists' assertion that segregation yielded those same benefits," Thomas wrote in his... More »

High Court Split in Gay Marriage Questioning

SCOTUSblog predicts a no-decision

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has finished hearing the arguments in the Proposition 8 case, and prognosticators are busy reading the tea leaves for what it might be thinking. Here's what went down:
  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and, perhaps surprisingly, John Roberts, peppered Charles Cooper, the lead attorney
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Justice Thomas Speaks for 1st Time Since 2006

He appeared to have been making a joke

(Newser) - Justice Clarence Thomas did something at a Supreme Court argument today for the first time in nearly seven years—he spoke. But what Thomas said is not clear; he appears to have joked about Ivy League lawyers. The argument transcript only records four words. It quotes Thomas as saying, "... More »

2 in 3 Americans Can't Name One Supreme Court Justice

John Roberts is best-known at 20%

(Newser) - Nine people helped determine the fate of ObamaCare this year—and most Americans can't name a single one. Two-thirds of us are unable to name a Supreme Court justice, according to legal website FindLaw.com's poll of 1,000 people. Chief Justice John Roberts was the most familiar... More »

Roberts Court Eschews Politics, Rules as One

NYT study shows court moving in unexpected directions

(Newser) - While the Supreme Court has appeared deeply divided along ideological lines in recent years, its latest term reveals a strikingly different court, often unanimous and aggressive in reviewing the other branches of government, reports the New York Times in an analysis of the last nine months of the Roberts Court.... More »

Clarence Thomas: Justices Ask Too Many Questions

Lawyers deserve a chance to talk, he argues

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas thinks that his fellow Supreme Court justices asked too many questions during the recent oral arguments over health care—and that they ask too many questions, period, reports AP . "I don't see where that advances anything," Thomas told an audience at the University of Kentucky... More »

Judge Roberts: All Justices Can Rule on Obamacare

Chief justice says Supreme Court peers can't withdraw

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's chief justice yesterday defended the right of his fellow justices to rule on Obamacare, the New York Times reports. John G. Roberts didn't mention justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan by name, but both are facing calls to withdraw from the ruling because of their... More »

Foes Want Kagan, Thomas to Skip Health Care Vote

But don't expect either to do so

(Newser) - Now that the Supreme Court has decided to rule on President Obama's health care law, expect to see pressure from activists on both sides to get Elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas to recuse themselves, notes the National Law Journal . Already, the decision has called new attention to a story... More »

Dems Seek Probe of Clarence Thomas

20 lawmakers say he failed to disclose wife's earnings

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas may not only have to recuse himself from a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare—he might also face an investigation into his finances, Raw Story reports. Yesterday 20 House Democrats called for a probe into Thomas' failure to comply with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. More... More »

Hey, Lefties: This Supreme Court Should Scare You

Obama too timid on federal nominees, with big issues coming

(Newser) - With big issues working their way toward the Supreme Court on such vital issues as health care reform, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and police stops of undocumented immigrants, liberals need to be on guard, writes longtime court-watcher Emily Bazelon for the New York Times . Sure, there are solid progressives, such... More »

Guy Wrongly Sent to Death Row Loses $14M Award

DA not liable for mistakes of prosecutors, rules Supreme Court

(Newser) - John Thompson spent 14 years on death row after New Orleans prosecutors hid evidence that would have cleared him—but yesterday, a divided Supreme Court tossed out the $14 million in damages Thompson won in a civil suit against the DA. Clarence Thomas read the 5-4 decision, which found that... More »

Ginni Thomas Is a Journalist, Too

Clarence's wife joins conservative Daily Caller site

(Newser) - Ginni Thomas is no fan of the media, but now she's a part of it. Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas who is a Tea Party activist in her own right, has joined the right-wing site Daily Caller . Her job will be “identifying and interviewing people... More »

Supreme Court Judges Need Ethics Code: Professors

They ask Congress to clarify when justices should recuse themselves

(Newser) - More than 100 law professors want Congress to write a code of ethics for the Supreme Court to spell out for the first time when justices should recuse themselves from cases. The effort follows appearances by Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia at political events sponsored by the billionaire conservative... More »

Clarence Thomas: 5 Years Without a Peep

Justice's silence mystifies court observers

(Newser) - It is a strange anniversary coming up for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—on Feb. 22, it will have been five years since the justice has spoken during a court argument. The other justices average between six questions or remarks a case (Alito) and 25 (Scalia), and no other justice... More »

Virginia Thomas Denies Leaving Tea Party Group

Reports that CEO will take 'back seat' at Liberty inaccurate

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas' wife is denying reports that she's stepping down as CEO at the Tea Party-linked organization she founded last year, ABC News reports. The COO of Liberty Central said quotes in a Washington Post story from earlier today that suggested Virginia Thomas would take a "back seat" at... More »

Supreme Court Turns Down First ObamaCare Challenge

Kagan may not recuse herself from cases involving health reform

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has turned down the first preliminary challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The decision to reject an appeal from a former Republican state lawmaker in California was no surprise because a federal appeals court has yet to consider the case. The high court almost never... More »

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