CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1986
I respectfully request that Justice Byron R. White and four of his colleagues step out of my bedroom and return to the courtroom. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a state's right to outlaw oral and anal sex acts . . . between consenting adults . . . in the privacy of their own home. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have such laws. Justice White, writing the majority opinion, likens homosexual lovemaking to "incest and other sexual crimes." White and the four justices who joined him undoubtedly are prejudiced against homosexuals.
October 23, 1989 |
Byron (Whizzer) White, the U.S. Supreme Court justice who was Colorado's first All-American in 1937, paced the balloting for the school's All-Century Football Team. More than 6,200 ballots were received in the public selection process that began the first week of September as part of the school's celebration of its 100th year of football. Ten All-Americans were among the top 25 selected to the team. White, an all-purpose back from 1935-37, received 5,812 votes out of a possible 6,265.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 26, 1994 |
We live today in a fragmented culture, a place of sectarianism and special interests, where the focus tends more to the things that separate us than to the things we share. It's an unfortunate development--although, perhaps, inevitable, given the promises this country has made and broken to the disenfranchised over the years--for it comes with an accompanying narrowness of vision, a sense that we should just pay attention to our own back yards.
March 28, 1985 |
The Supreme Court, striking down laws in 21 states that give police wide discretion to shoot fleeing suspects, ruled Wednesday that an officer may not use deadly force to stop burglars or other unarmed suspects unless they pose a serious danger to authorities or others. By a vote of 6 to 3, a sharply divided court held unconstitutional the provisions of a Tennessee law authorizing police to use "all necessary means" to apprehend escaping suspects.
September 8, 2002 |
The Supreme Court building is home to two courts. There's the fancy place with red velvet curtains and robe-wearing justices, and the one with bland concrete walls and backboards, where the attire is sweats and sneakers. The unofficial court is for basketball. It's in a secluded area on the building's top floor, not listed in tourist information and closed to visitors.