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
March 12, 1998 |
A judge overseeing the investigation of whether President Clinton testified falsely or encouraged others to lie about his dealings with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky will consider today whether prosecutors have improperly leaked confidential information. Chief U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson has summoned lawyers representing the president and independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr for a hearing on the subject, according to people familiar with the investigation.
June 20, 1997 |
With the Supreme Court facing a backlog of major undecided cases, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has resorted to his annual threat to leave town before his fellow justices complete their work. A speedy worker who hates to waste time, Rehnquist usually finishes his opinions within a few weeks. Several of his more plodding colleagues are apparently still writing concurring opinions and dissents on cases that were heard months ago. One case from October remains undecided.
May 10, 1996 |
Handing presidential hopeful Bob Dole a political victory, President Clinton on Thursday abandoned his drive to put a Florida Democratic fund-raiser on the appellate court bench. Attorney Charles "Bud" Stack, who raised $10 million for Clinton and other Democrats in 1992, asked the White House to withdraw his nomination for a seat on the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals after it became the center of Dole's quest to portray Clinton's judicial nominees as political cronies and liberals.