Disproving Republican rhetoric around Supreme Court nominations

This past Saturday, the Supreme Court lost its longest-serving and most illustrious member. Justice Antonin Scalia was a legendary conservative known for his wit, strict interpretation of the law, resistance to progressive actions and scathing dissents.

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Rallying on the right side of history

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court concluded two days of courtroom debate on two landmark cases in gay rights, Hollingsworth v. Perry (the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state) and United States v. Windsor (the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman).

Affirmative action still needed in America

The national discourse on affirmative action is fanatically negative or intellectually inert or both. The latest iteration of the debate stems from University of Texas-Austin’s denial of admission to Abigail Fisher in 2008. UT has a “top ten percent” admissions guarantee—the college admits students from the top ten percent of every high school that ranks […]

What the court couldn’t do

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court made one of its biggest rulings in recent history regarding Americans’ right to privacy. In the case of United States v.

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Privacy, only at home

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case of United States v. Jones. The case deals with the legality of law enforcement officials using GPS tracking devices on American citizens.

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Contentious Supreme Court decision should trouble students

Pick up any newspaper from the past few weeks, and you’ll see its editorial board coming to some very historically worded conclusions about a recent Supreme Court decision. Citizen’s United v. the Federal Election Committee declares that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002, which expressly limits the amount of money corporations can give to political candidates, violates the First Amendment, according to the court.

Prop 8 challenge will set precedent for future civil rights cases

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is about to become the battleground for a momentous challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Led by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olsen and high-profile litigator David Boies, former opponents in the 2000 Bush v. Gore electoral contest, the […]

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