March 8, 2002 |
Facing defeat on a party-line vote, Senate Republicans on Thursday were granted a week's delay in deciding the fate of embattled Mississippi trial judge Charles W. Pickering. An angry Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) accused "extreme left Washington interest groups" of "lynching" the 64-year-old judge for political gain.
December 31, 2001 |
In early May, President Bush proudly introduced his first judicial nominees in a White House ceremony and said all 11 of them had "sterling credentials" to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Most already were judges on lower courts; four others were prominent lawyers or law professors who had clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court. But as the year ends, only three of these nominees have won confirmation in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
October 5, 2001 |
A Los Angeles federal judge has ruled that portions of the 1996 federal anti-terrorism law are unconstitutional--a ruling with potential ramifications for new legislation introduced after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In a decision made public Thursday, U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins said that the 1996 law's prohibition against providing "training" and "personnel" to groups designated as "foreign terrorist organizations" by the U.S.
September 10, 2001 |
A month after the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that gave George W. Bush the presidency, dissenting Justice David H. Souter said he could have won over Justice Anthony M. Kennedy with just another day, according to a new book by a Newsweek reporter. David A. Kaplan wrote that Souter made the comment while discussing the matter in private with a group of prep school students.
September 7, 2001 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved its top Republican lawyer for the federal bench Thursday, even as tensions on Capitol Hill escalated over President Bush's judicial nominations. The committee unanimously approved the nomination of Republican Judiciary Counsel Sharon Prost to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, making her only the fifth judge approved by the committee this year. Prost's nomination now goes on to the Senate, where she probably will face little opposition.
July 1, 2001 |
The Supreme Court justices do not spend all their time indoors squinting over legal briefs, or so they are quick to report. Take Justice Antonin Scalia, the combative conservative, for instance. When he's not firing verbal shots at his colleagues over what he views as flawed reasoning, he likes to take aim at deer, ducks and turkeys. In a May interview with GQ magazine, the former University of Chicago law professor said his favorite magazine is "Ducks Unlimited."