Late indictment harms credibility of administration

Freedom Newspapers The case of Jose Padilla has done much to harm the credibility of an administration that would be well-served to develop from it a newfound appreciation of the rule of law. This law has evolved over centuries as the best way to allow government to be vigorous in pursuing its legitimate activities while […]

Nominee could provide healthy political discussion

Freedom Newspapers Well, you certainly can’t say that Judge Samuel Alito, with 15 years experience on the federal appellate bench and stints as a U.S. attorney and an assistant solicitor general, is not qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. If he seems to be reasonable and likable during Senate hearings — and by […]

Group voicing Constitutional concerns

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Bruce Journagan, CAN DO spokesperson, reads a copy of the Constitution in his home. (Staff writer: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Constitution is in Bruce Journagan’s back pocket. It isn’t always there, but he does try to keep a copy nearby — sometimes in a pocket, sometimes on his end table, […]

Conservatives stung by lost opportunity

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The line making the rounds among those eager to excuse President Bush for his choice of Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor is that conservative opposition to her is based on snobbery. Thus, John Gibson of the Fox News network demanded of professor Larry Sabato: “We keep hearing about […]

Senate no longer strong political watchdog

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist With Alan Greenspan due to step down in January as chairman of the Federal Reserve, there is a lot of speculation about who will replace him. Big-name candidates abound, but I’m betting on the accountant who does President Bush’s taxes. The 19th-century writer Henry Adams said the progression of presidents […]

Judicial candidate unlikely to shake Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers Appointing Supreme Court justices these days is like taking your life’s savings to Las Vegas and putting it all on one spin of the roulette wheel. That’s the first thing to keep in mind with President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court, which already has received some serious criticism […]

Roberts confirmed as 17th chief justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. He was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House later today by Justice […]

Judges should interpret laws, not moralize

Freedom Newspapers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the third annual Madison Lecture at Chapman University’s law school Monday night, offered at least a partial explanation for why the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts to join him on the high court are likely to be more heated than might seem justified by Judge […]

Bush should act on abortion stance

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist George W. Bush has succeeded through his reputation as a straight talker who doesn’t shrink from a fight, regardless of the political consequences. When he chooses a successor for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, we’ll find out if the reputation is warranted. The central issue hanging over the court […]

Courts should protect papers from prior review

Freedom Newspapers University newspaper staffs are reeling from a recent federal appellate court ruling upholding administrators’ right to review campus papers with the same authority that the U.S. Supreme Court gave high school principals. The ruling could set up a battle over campus press freedom. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last month […]

Property ruling runs counter to founders’ wishes

Freedom Newspapers Your home or business can be taken by force by local officials for virtually any reason, thanks to a long-awaited but misguided decision by a split Supreme Court last week. The 5-4 vote in Kelo v. the city of New London (Conn.) was not the type of decision that garnered widespread public attention, […]

Private industry shouldn’t pay for government ads

Freedom Newspapers In a decision that seemed to twist logic unmercifully to arrive at a prescribed conclusion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declared those ads promoting “Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” are not the work of an industry council promoting their product, but are in fact “government speech.” Therefore it’s acceptable to use the […]

Judicial nominees deserve vote

Freedom Newspapers Although the battle over judicial filibusters has taken center stage in the Senate, it obscures what should be the real question: Are those nominations for federal judgeships qualified to be given the opportunity to stand for approval before the full Senate? The two nominees now in question are Janice R. Brown, a justice […]

Courts could use dose of common sense

By Mona Charen There was a time when “fear of God” meant piety, or at least conscience. Today, it more accurately describes the worldview of secular liberals who get itchy and twitchy at any reminder of our religious roots as a nation. Thus, we are currently treated to the spectacle of the American Civil Liberties […]

Supreme Court takes civil check from citizens

Freedom Newspapers O n Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a troubling turn, expanded the protections for police who use force against suspects. Two rulings were handed down. The first involved Rochelle Brosseau, an officer who “shot Kenneth Haugen in 1999 as he fled in his Jeep to avoid being arrested for drug charges and […]

Lifetime ban that keeps felons from voting is overkill

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear two cases concerning whether convicted felons should be denied the right to vote. Although the Supreme Court has absolute control over what cases it will take and the rationale in these two cases might not have been especially strong, this is an issue that is […]

President could put two justices on the high court

Freedom Newspapers The hospitalization of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist for thyroid cancer suddenly spotlighted one issue that has received too little attention in this campaign. The next president could put at least two, but perhaps as many as four, new justices on the high court, changing the course of U.S. lawmaking and […]

Federal government abusing its powers

by Walter Williams Last week, Washington Post columnist George Will penned a column “Despotism in New London.” In it, he described how Connecticut’s Supreme Court, by a 4-to-3 ruling, allowed the New London Development Corp. to use laws of eminent domain to condemn much of the city’s Fort Trumbull neighborhood, near a $270 million Pfizer […]

Pledge case very confusing in family law

It is not unusual for the U.S. Supreme Court to refrain from ruling on a core constitutional question in cases that it hears. In the Pledge of Allegiance case, however, the court may have bought more trouble for family courts around the country than the evasion was worth. The case began when Michael Newdow, an […]

Local Republicans come together to gain support

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Republican state Supreme Court candidate Ned Fuller told his audience at a Republican candidates’ forum Monday there is one cure for “fuzzy-headed liberalitis” — a full-judge transplant. Fuller, who is running for the state Supreme Court seat occupied by Richardson-appointee Edward Chavez, spoke to a meeting of the Curry […]