July 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Attacks on Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. as a traitor to conservative ideals for voting to uphold most of President Obama's healthcare law reflect a lack of knowledge about how the American justice system works, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said. "It's unfortunate because I think comments like that demonstrate only too well a lack of understanding that some of our citizens have about the role of the judicial branch," O'Connor said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday in response to a question from ChairmanPatrick J. Leahy (D-Vt)
April 10, 2005
Just when we'd think the ethically bloodied House majority leader, Tom DeLay, would try to lower his profile, he's intensifying a crusade (in every sense of the word) for congressional control over the judicial branch of government. If it were just DeLay, the effort wouldn't seem so serious. But he has powerful company in Congress. "Judicial independence does not equal judicial supremacy," DeLay (R-Texas) said Thursday.
January 8, 2005
Re "Rehnquist Sees Threat to Judiciary" (Jan. 1): Kudos to Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who has reminded us on this first day of a new year that the founding fathers wisely built checks and balances into our system of government. It is inappropriate -- no, dangerous -- for democracy when politicians threaten reprisals against justices who rule in ways they simply don't like. The U.S. government is based on principles. It is not a free-for-all. Paula Berinstein Thousand Oaks Rehnquist claims that a judge's judicial acts "may not serve as a basis for impeachment.
November 2, 2003 |
To judge from all indications, organized opposition to the White House nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the California Supreme Court to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is proving to be every bit as mean-spirited, out-of-bounds and personally scalding as the opposition that the usual suspects threw at Justice Clarence Thomas over a decade ago. Brown is already facing labels like "the far right's dream judge" and "ideologically extreme."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2001 |
Alexis DeTocqueville, the 19th century French observer of American culture, once said, "There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one." He had no idea. The lasting impression of the 2000 presidential election shouldn't be the stubborn chad or the fact that after almost 100 million votes, the election was decided by barely enough votes to fill a shoe box.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1999
Your assertion in "A Hand Falls on Hong Kong" (editorial, June 29) that the interpretation by China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on the residency rights provisions in the Basic Law undermines Hong Kong's promised high degree of autonomy does not do justice to Hong Kong. The Basic Law--like the American Constitution--includes a very clear legal mechanism by which the law can be interpreted or amended. The power of final interpretation lies with the Standing Committee of the NPC, while the power of amendment lies with the NPC. These powers have been expressly acknowledged by the Court of Final Appeal.