May 22, 2005
Re "A Mushroom Cloud Hovers Over a Bush Judicial Nominee," Commentary, May 18: After reading Patt Morrison's column, "tone of dismissive arrogance" would have been an apt lead, it seems to me. As an American history teacher in an earlier life, I marvel at the discussion today of what characteristics are important in a nominee for a higher court appointment. Morrison informs us that judicial nominee California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown "lectures her colleagues," has a "tone of dismissive arrogance" in her writings and dealings with colleagues, has a "compelling life story" and zings sardonic critiques, etc. Obviously, she's not made of the right stuff.
January 7, 2006
THE CENTRISM THAT IS AT least briefly infusing Sacramento is fragile and likely to falter as this election year progresses. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's newly appointed state Supreme Court justice, Carol A. Corrigan, whose aversion to ideology is a hallmark, offers a steadying example. The governor and Legislature would benefit from following her dedication to deciding issues on their merits. It wouldn't hurt to adopt her sense of humor as well.
April 28, 2005
Re "Faith 'War' Rages in U.S., Judge Says," April 26: California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown may claim that "these are perilous times for people of faith." She may even delude herself into thinking that our goal as secularists is to stamp out her faith. But surely even she must recognize that the times are just as perilous for those of us who do not subscribe to hard-line Christianity. At every turn, we are demonized as the enemies of all believers, simply because we do not want their narrow-minded doctrine forced onto the rest of us. The main difference between myself and Brown is this: When I get up in the morning, I couldn't care less about her faith; when she gets up, she is hellbent on making me obey that faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2002 |
The California Supreme Court this week threw out a jury instruction that permitted judges in criminal trials to admonish jurors to report other panelists who refused to deliberate or intended to disregard the law. In a 4-3 ruling, the court said its disapproval of the 1998 jury instruction would not affect defendants who already had been convicted in trials where it had been given.
January 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to President Obama's policy of expanding government-funded research using embryonic stem cells that scientists say may offer hope for new treatments for spinal injuries and Parkinson's disease. The court's action brings a quiet end to a lawsuit that briefly threatened to derail all funding for such research. A federal judge in Washington in 2010 ordered the National Institutes of Health to halt funding of the research, citing a long-standing congressional ban on spending for research in which “human embryos are destroyed.” But an appeals court overturned that order and ruled last year that the ban applied only to research which destroyed human embryos so as to obtain stem cells.
October 14, 2005 |
ONE OF THE MANY lessons conservatives seem to be learning from the Harriet E. Miers imbroglio is that it's no fun to be on the receiving end of a vicious smear from the Bush administration. Last week, Ed Gillespie -- the former Republican National Committee chairman designated by Bush to flack for his nominee -- told a group of conservative activists that the criticism of Miers had a "whiff of sexism." And then, to show it's no fluke, Laura Bush repeated the sexism charge this week.
May 18, 2005 |
This is Hollywood, people, and in Hollywood we can't let even a game show -- far less a boffo cinematic moment in American politics -- pass by without a musical score: So. Should today's Senate confrontation be performed to the wet-your-pants suspenseful music from "Jaws"? The screeching violin terror from "Psycho"? The heart-cracking adagio lament from "Platoon"? Or the blackcomedic "Springtime for Hitler" from "The Producers"?
April 26, 2005 |
Just days after a bitterly divided Senate committee voted along party lines to approve her nomination as a federal appellate court judge, California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown told an audience Sunday that people of faith were embroiled in a "war" against secular humanists who threatened to divorce America from its religious roots, according to a newspaper account of the speech.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2007 |
A longtime Republican activist credited with helping revitalize the GOP in San Bernardino County was appointed to a judgeship by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in May even though he was rated "not qualified" by a state bar committee, the bar announced Monday. But a spokeswoman for the State Bar of California said the organization and members of the judicial evaluating commission were legally prohibited from explaining why San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Elia Pirozzi was deemed unqualified.
August 10, 1999 |
The heirs of an uninsured driver killed in a crash can sue for damages beyond the limits placed by California voters on lawsuits by the uninsured drivers themselves, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. It was the second ruling in a week to limit the scope of Proposition 213, an insurer-backed 1996 initiative that barred uninsured drivers from recovering damages for "noneconomic" harm such as pain and suffering. The measure allowed them to sue only for economic damages such as wage losses.