April 29, 2005 |
Amid the battle over filibusters in the U.S. Senate, a side skirmish has broken out over the most iconic, if fictional, filibuster of them all: Jimmy Stewart's last stand in the 1939 film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
September 30, 2006
Re "How much of an umpire is the chief justice?" Current, Sept. 24 David Savage wrongly concludes that Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has strayed from the modest judicial role envisioned by Roberts' analogy of judges as umpires. That analogy contrasted Roberts' judicial philosophy, based on objective interpretation of the law, with judicial activism, in which judges shape the law to fit their own policy preferences. A judge-as-umpire is duty-bound to strike down statutes that violate the Constitution or distort laws.
March 12, 1988 |
Seventy members of the Israeli Parliament on Friday presented a petition calling on President Reagan to pardon Jonathan Jay Pollard, the Navy analyst who was convicted of passing secrets to Israel. The petition, presented to U.S. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, was signed by most of the right-wing Likud bloc in the Knesset, or Parliament, and by the left-wing Mapam faction of the Labor Alignment. It was a rare display of unity among Israel's divided legislators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2001 |
Two years after Torrance resident Myung-Sub "Mike" Lee took his own life, his widow has reached a settlement of her lawsuit that claimed her Korean-born husband's suicide was the result of discrimination by his Japanese bosses. Attorneys for Junko Lee and Nippon Express USA, a worldwide shipping firm, said the two sides have "resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved" the widow's federal court lawsuit.
January 13, 1992 |
Activists added 20,000 signatures of support Sunday to efforts to send to jail a Korean-born grocer convicted of killing a Los Angeles teen-ager. The support was in the form of almost 20,000 signature cards displayed Sunday at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles and gathered throughout the city by the Committee for Justice, a group of 20 volunteers.
April 15, 2005 |
Occasionally, circumstances force liberals and conservatives to swap positions, and the transition is inevitably awkward. For decades, liberals loathed the filibuster as anti-democratic, and conservatives embraced it to block progressive reforms like anti-lynching laws, healthcare reform and civil rights legislation. Now, however, conservatives in the Senate are trying to curtail the filibuster, with liberals desperately standing in their way.