October 29, 1996 |
Two weeks after the Supreme Court agreed to rule on whether a terminally ill person has a right to die with a doctor's help, Justice Antonin Scalia told a college audience in the nation's capital it is "absolutely plain that there is no right to die." Although Scalia's view is neither surprising nor new, it is unusual for a justice to speak publicly about an issue that is before the court. In a recent talk to a class at Catholic University, Scalia repeated that "it is absolutely plain. . . .
December 13, 2000 |
Supreme Court justices rarely recuse themselves, but some critics have questioned whether Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should have participated in a ruling on Bush vs. Gore because of the roles of family members. Some experts on legal ethics, however, say that the situations involving Scalia and Thomas did not rise to a level that requires recusal. Lanny J.
November 16, 1994 |
They are a Baltimore prosecutor whose husband was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan, a renowned civil rights lawyer here who is legally blind, a veteran prosecutor who became the highest ranking African American in the Los Angeles district attorney's office, a Latino activist in Chicago who worked as a U.S. attorney and a Vermont Republican who was first chosen for the bench by George Bush.
March 10, 2000 | ,
After enduring a record 1,506-day wait, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Paez of Los Angeles won Senate confirmation Thursday to the federal appeals court. The surprisingly lopsided 59-to-39 vote ended a bitter partisan fight over the long-stalled nomination--one capped by Vice President Al Gore suspending his presidential campaign to stand by in the Capitol to cast a tie-breaking vote, if needed. But Gore's vote was not needed.
March 16, 2001 |
Americans should not get into a "major food fight" over issues such as affirmative action but should be thoughtful, as the Constitution's framers were, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said. "Now it's a war of words, it's a war of politics, and I don't see where it does any good," he said in a speech at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.
January 8, 2001 |
As the U.S. Supreme Court opens the second half of its term today, its conservative majority has the opportunity to push the law to the right on several fronts before the incoming George W. Bush administration has a chance to pursue a legal agenda. The justices are expected to rule soon on cases concerning civil rights, employment and the environment--issues that have divided the court's conservative and liberal blocs.
December 17, 1998 |
The judge who will decide the Microsoft antitrust case acknowledged Wednesday in surprisingly candid remarks that the pending $4-billion purchase of Netscape Communications by America Online "might be a very significant change of the playing field." On the last day of the trial before a holiday recess, U.S.
July 30, 1998 |
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas faced down some of his harshest critics Wednesday, telling the nation's largest organization of black lawyers that he will not succumb to pressure to alter his conservative legal views even if it means being branded a traitor to his race. In a simultaneously plaintive and defiant address before the National Bar Assn.
February 24, 2000 |
The Harvard law professor whose views carry weight with the federal judge hearing the Microsoft antitrust trial said Wednesday that he harbors deep reservations about proposals to break up the software giant. Lawrence Lessig, who has twice been asked by U.S.
May 7, 2000 |
President Clinton blasted Texas' two Republican senators for opposing his choice of a Latino lawyer from El Paso to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Sens. Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchison said they would oppose the nomination of Enrique Moreno to serve on the court in New Orleans after an advisory group of 30 lawyers from across the state said the graduate of Harvard University's law school lacked the necessary experience. Clinton said the American Bar Assn. gave Moreno its highest