April 28, 2004 |
Excerpts from Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments, as transcribed by Alderson Reporting Co.: Solicitor Gen. Theodore B. Olson: This is a case about the separation of powers. The Constitution explicitly commits to the president's discretion the authority to obtain the opinions of subordinates and to formulate recommendations for legislation. Congress may neither intrude on the president's ability to perform these functions nor authorize private litigants to use the courts to do so....
May 6, 2003 |
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will decide when the public's right to know about the government's handling of a tragedy demands the release of color photos of a body. The justices voted to hear the government's claim that it may shield from disclosure four close-up photos of former White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster, who died 10 years ago in what five separate investigations ruled was a suicide.
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October 18, 2006 |
Following a well-trod path of lawyers who have moved from government service into big private law firms, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles announced that she will join the white-collar defense group at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in January. Debra Wong Yang, the first Asian American top prosecutor in the United States, said Tuesday that she will sign on with the Los Angeles-based firm, co-chairing its crisis management group with Theodore B. Olson, the former U.S.
June 27, 2001 |
The U.S. government will appeal a judge's dismissal of a landmark suit charging AMR Corp.'s American Airlines with using predatory tactics to drive low-cost carriers from its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The case has been closely watched because it could settle some long-disputed questions about what constitutes fair competition in the airline industry. The government filed notice of the pending appeal with the U.S.
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December 12, 2000
Underlying all the U.S. Supreme Court debate Monday over equal-protection guarantees, the intent of the voter and the appropriate reach of the Florida Supreme Court was a single question, the most basic one the court has faced in this matter: Does every vote count? In a second round of solemn yet spirited argument, a majority of the justices appeared not to have moved from the presumption they seemingly held in stopping the recount Saturday--that George W.
December 6, 2006 |
A presidential advisory commission created two years ago to monitor the effects of anti-terrorism measures on civil liberties held its first public hearing Tuesday amid criticism from advocacy groups that the panel was a paper tiger and indications that its members were wrestling with their watchdog role. The four-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was urged to take a more aggressive tack in checking the power of the Bush administration in its handling of the war on terrorism.
December 3, 2000
Court wrestles with complex issues. "May it please the court," intoned each lawyer as he began his argument before the U.S. Supreme Court at Friday's extraordinary recorded session. Though questions from the nine justices raised doubt about how they would rule on the constitutional challenge to Florida's Supreme Court decision regarding ballot recounts, there can be no doubt about the value of listening to the hearing, as Americans were finally permitted to do.
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August 31, 2003 |
The U.S. Department of Justice has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn regulations established by Southern California's smog-fighting agency to curb pollution from taxis, buses, trash trucks and other fleet vehicles. The government contended in a friend of the court brief filed Friday that the rules are at odds with the federal Clean Air Act because the authority to make such rules is limited to the federal government.
December 24, 1993 |
The campaign to win release for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard hit a snag Thursday with the disclosure of a note Pollard wrote that appears to express justification for his actions in selling classified information to Israel. The handwritten note was dated last June and disclosed Thursday by Jewish Week, a New York-based newspaper. In it, Pollard praised an article emphasizing the moral rightness of his action and comparing him to Moses.
March 30, 1989 |
As Oliver L. North's lawyers prepared to put their case before the jury in his Iran-Contra trial, Ronald Reagan Wednesday objected to appearing for the defense. Reagan's attorney, Theodore B. Olson, filed papers with the court saying that the former President is not convinced that his testimony is necessary to North's case.