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Loosen up

Second thoughts

Some conservatives are freaking out because they think Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scali a, in an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, is waffling on gun control and won't be as staunch a Second Amendment supporter as they had supposed he would be:

Twist and switch

Alanis Morissette, please pay attention:

When Long Beach, Indiana, native John G. Roberts was up for confirmation to become U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, he did not get the vote of then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

One more tool for the tools

Did I just say that out loud?

Open mouth, insert foot:


INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Mike Pence, the Indiana congressman who is running for governor, is apologizing for a private reaction to the Supreme Court ruling. Fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill say he compared the ruling to the 9/11 tragedy.

Go ahead and lie

It almost got lost in all the buzz over Obamacare, but the Supreme Court today also released its opinion in the Stolen Valor Act, a 6-3 voted to repeal:

Parole violations

I've seen a lot of misreporting this week of Monday's Supreme Court ruling on juvenile sentincing, especially in headlines, like this one on an Associated Press story -- "U.S. Supreme Court: No more life without parole for juveniles." The ruling wasn't quite that sweeping, as the story eventually makes a little clearer. What the 5-4 decision did was abolish mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

Think ahead

Chicago Sun-Times editors were embarrassed by their "prep copy" getting online, showing readers the three different ways the paper could cover the Obamacare Supreme court decision, depending on how it came out -- Obamacare overturned, Obamacare upheld, Obamacare partially upheld. But they needn't worry.

A healthy disagreement

I've been complaing for years about the control over us exercised by "nine unelected people who serve for life," even when there has been a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. (See here, for example.) It's nice to now have some high-profile company:

Just bad timing?

Earlier this month, we learned that Ruth Bader Ginsburg wouldn't recommend our own Constitution as a model for other countries considering one, because, you know, it's really too old to be relevant today, and it doesn't guarantee nearly enough rights, and it's much too hard to change. That seemed to me to betray a complete ignorance of what a constitution should be -- a bedrock of principles upon which the law is erected.