In a 7-1 opinion in Foster v. Chatman written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the conviction and death sentence of Timothy Tyrone Foster, who was convicted in 1987 by an all-white jury for the murder of Queen Madge White, a retired white schoolteacher.
There has been an avalanche of essays, articles and blog posts discussing Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor. The vacancy is much more important than most prior empty seats because the Supreme Court, for the first time, is divided four-to-four among Democrats and Republicans with the most conservative Democrat (Breyer) being more liberal than the most liberal… more »
On April 4, the U.S. Supreme Court decided an important case about the nature of our democracy. Although there were partisan political overtones to the case, the vote in Evenwel v. Abbott was 8-0, proving that these justices are capable of deciding a constitutional case unmoved by such political considerations.
Within minutes of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 16, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican majority leader in the U.S. Senate, took to the floor of the Senate to reiterate his insistence that the “people,” by voting in November, have a say in… more »
The president’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland puts the Republican leadership, which announced within hours of Justice Antonin Scalia‘s passing that it would not vet any Supreme Court nominees, between a rock and a hard place. Judge Garland, a moderate candidate, enjoyed considerable support from GOP leadership for his appointment to… more »
For the first time in 10 years, Justice Clarence Thomas asked a series of questions during oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Feb. 29. Reports of the argument indicate that the sound of his gravelly voice caused gasps among the audience, so unfamiliar was it.