June 7, 1987 |
War Memorial Stadium, home to championship football and baseball's mythical Roy Hobbs, celebrates its golden anniversary this fall by closing. The bowl that locals call "The Rockpile" has had baseball players such as Tom Seaver, Johnny Bench, Jon Matlack, Ray Burris, Tony Pena and Dave Dravecky play in it. Football stars O.J. Simpson and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron "Whizzer" White did, too.
June 22, 1987 |
The Supreme Court today reinstated the death sentence of John Harvey Adamson for murdering newspaper reporter Don Bolles in Arizona in 1976. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said Adamson, initially given a 20-year prison sentence, properly was resentenced to death after he broke a plea-bargaining agreement to testify against others allegedly involved in the case. Justice Byron R.
October 2, 1993 |
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat at the bench Friday in a ceremony marking the first time that two women sat together on the nation's highest court. With President Clinton and more than 300 friends, family and guests looking on, Ginsburg again swore to "do equal right to the poor and to the rich." She took the same oath Aug. 10, when she became the 107th Supreme Court justice. Ginsburg's new colleagues shook hands with her as she approached Chief Justice William H.
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August 6, 1986 |
(The following commentary is excerpted and adapted from an informal speech that Justice Blackmun made on July 25 at a session of the 8th Circuit judicial conference in Minneapolis.) This year was a year of important cases. For me this was the most difficult term of the 16 that I have been privileged to serve. Difficult for several reasons: the type of cases, the divisiveness of the court and the fact that the justices are getting older.
June 11, 1986 |
In a major blow to anti-abortion groups and the Reagan Administration, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that a Pennsylvania law controlling abortions is unconstitutional because it tried "to intimidate women into continuing pregnancies." In a decision written by Justice Harry Blackmun--who also wrote the court's Roe vs.
October 9, 1986 |
Subway riders in Cambridge, Mass., were puzzled at the empty cafe where, despite the neon sign exhorting passers-by to "Eat Here!" there wasn't a single harried waiter in sight. For the gastronomic largess promised in the Kendall Square subway station is actually the work of artist A.E. Ryan and was commissioned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as a temporary installation to distract riders from the disarray caused by remodeling of the station.
April 2, 1993 |
The San Francisco Chronicle's C.W. Nevius, evaluating North Carolina in the Final Four, wrote: " . . . Well, it's Tom Landry's Cowboys in shorts, isn't it? Still the only man who consistently held Michael Jordan to fewer than 20 points a game, when the superstar was a Tar Heel, Coach Dean Smith can't drop the reins. "It's a wonderful system. It must be, because everyone cribs from it constantly, but when do they play? Mostly when they reach the NBA.
September 10, 2008
An embarrassed U.S. Supreme Court indicated this week that, because of a statistical error in the majority opinion, it may reexamine its controversial holding of only three months ago that the death penalty for child rapists is unconstitutional. Fortunately, the justices can come to the same correct conclusion using a more straightforward rationale: that executing anyone for a crime other than homicide shocks the conscience. It has been 51 years since the court last agreed to rehear a major constitutional case, and it may yet decline to do so in this situation.
July 2, 2006
THURSDAY WAS THE END OF the first term of the Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., but it was just the beginning of the debate about how the law of the land has been changed by the Roberts court. Our answer: So far, not very much. As it does in every term, the court staked out new ground in some areas, including patent and business law, but continuity was more evident than change.