July 22, 1990
Robert W. Stewart quotes Dannemeyer's press secretary, Paul Mero, as saying, "To us, it's those who believe in a God against those who don't." This echoes what Dannemeyer wrote in a Times Op-Ed piece on Nov. 8, 1981: "The First Amendment provides freedom for religion. The modern interpretation for absolute freedom from religion is erroneous and logically impossible." And what the head of his party, then-Vice President George Bush, told a Chicago airport press conference in August, 1987: "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots.
June 28, 1990 |
Victims in child abuse cases may testify without actually appearing in court and directly confronting those they accuse, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, upholding laws in at least 25 states--including California--designed to protect child witnesses from trauma.
June 19, 1990 |
Police officers may ask a drunk-driving suspect to answer routine questions and videotape his slurred responses without warning him of his constitutional right to remain silent, the Supreme Court said Monday. The 8-1 decision creates an exception to the Miranda doctrine for "routine booking questions" at a police station. The ruling also upholds the growing use by the police of videotape, which can be a powerful weapon for prosecutors.
January 18, 1992 |
New Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may be showing the first signs of being a conservative hard-liner ready to sharply restrict the protections of the Constitution. In a little noticed concurring opinion filed this week, Thomas joined the Bush Administration and Justice Antonin Scalia in urging a new approach to limiting a defendant's ability to confront his accusers in court, a traditional right set forth in the Constitution.
May 21, 1991 |
The Supreme Court, in its first ruling upholding so-called rape-shield laws, said Monday that a rape suspect does not have an absolute constitutional right to tell a jury about an earlier sexual relationship with his accuser. In the 1970s, nearly every state enacted laws to forbid court testimony that exposed the private life of a rape victim. Women's rights advocates had complained that rape suspects tried to save themselves by ruining the reputations of their victims.
September 26, 1989 |
Former HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. refused to answer questions today from a House panel investigating housing scandals, invoking his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights. He contended that he had been "prejudged by this body." Pierce, compelled to appear by a subpoena, accused the subcommittee of trying to rush him into testifying without adequate preparation and said he hopes to tell his story later.