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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Education has exonerated two more UC campuses -- Irvine and Santa Cruz -- of allegations that they fostered anti-Semitic climates by allowing protests against Israeli policies and other incidents that Jewish students contended amounted to illegal harrassment. UC Berkeley announced Tuesday similar findings that ended an investigation by the federal department's Office for Civil Rights into complaints by Jewish students. Related probes at UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz also are completed with findings that the schools are not at fault, officials said Wednesday.
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.
June 23, 1996 |
To say that Brian Moore's 18th novel is a thriller would be getting it only half right. To be sure, it is a story of the hunter and the hunted, with a plot as tautly pulled as piano wire. And yes, in the vernacular that currently describes contemporary fiction, "The Statement" is, in fact, a page-turner--a book you're guaranteed to read in one great gulp, fully satisfied by its spectacular and surprising conclusion.