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September 20, 1987
After watching the first day of the Bork confirmation hearings, I came to the conclusion that Bork's intellectual capacity and integrity greatly exceeds that of the Senate panel. GARY A. ROBB Los Angeles
July 17, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - The Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 legislation that protects against racially discriminatory voting practices, had long received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress, including for the last renewal of its temporary provisions in 2006. But at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, early discussions on how to respond to the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down Section 4 of the law saw Democrats and Republicans mostly divided over the provision's utility and future.
January 12, 2013 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the documentary "Anita," which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in four sold-out screenings beginning Saturday, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock focuses her lens on law professor Anita Hill (who hadn't yet seen the film at press time). More than 20 years after Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in turbulent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, Hill is an author, professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University's Heller School of Social Policy and Management and a frequent speaker on sexual discrimination and civil rights.
December 19, 2012 | By Danielle Ryan
WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee debated the necessity of voter ID laws and early-voting restrictions Wednesday, with Democrats accusing Republicans of aiming to suppress the votes of African Americans and Latinos. The hearing followed incidents in which many voters, in Florida in particular, stood in line for hours to cast their ballots in November's presidential election, with some eventually giving up. Democrats on the panel of witnesses said some of the current voting policies around the country disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos, seniors and the working poor.
October 29, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC safety Taylor Mays prides himself on making physical plays, but he was shocked that some recent ones resounded all the way to nation's capital. That's what happened Wednesday when Mays got blindsided by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on NFL head injuries. Lungren, a Notre Dame graduate, first talked about former Oakland Raiders player Jack Tatum setting the bar for hits designed to injure. He then complained about Florida quarterback Tim Tebow being rushed back from a concussion before finally getting to Mays.
Bloodied by their battles with the record industry over digital music services on the Internet, technology companies, artists and consumer advocates are pleading for a new army to enter the fray--not attorneys, but lawmakers. Washington has been waiting patiently for the conflicts over online entertainment to sort themselves out.
September 20, 1987
Bork is more interested in form than in substance as he plays the game of academic sophistry. He refuses to recognize that in applying his test of "intention as the guide," he is using a subjective test which is simply a disguised version of the very judicial activism he condemns. He is an ideologue who has set up his own nomenclature to arrive at what are, in his case, entirely predictable and virtually predetermined decisions. He thus demonstrates that he does not have the judicial temperament which should be a prerequisite for sitting on the Supreme Court.
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