Supreme Court Category

How Souter Picked Wood Over Wardlaw in AT&T v. Hulteen Opinion

In today’s Daily Journal, your blogger points out how Justice David H. Souter picked Judge Diane Wood over Judge Kim Wardlaw when he wrote his majority opinion in AT&T v. Hulteen earlier this week. As your blogger reports (wearing his real journalist hat): Monday’s 7-2 ruling, which resolved a circuit split, held that telecommunications giant […]

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More F-ing Juvenile Humor At The Court

Justice John Paul Stevens, who turned 89 last week, had a wide grin on his face this morning as he listened to Justice Antonin Scalia talk about Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The two celebutantes (Hilton and Richie, that is, not the justices) were the “stars” of Fox “reality” show The Simple Life. Scalia mentioned them […]

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Justice Breyer’s Public Undressing

Justice Stephen G. Breyer unwittingly sparked mass tittering at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning when one of his stream-of-consciousness questions went a little off course. It was during the oral argument in a high-profile case over whether the strip search of a 13-year-old schoolgirl was constitutional. School officials in Safford, Ariz., suspected the girl, […]

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Justice Scalia’s Twitter Feed (Or Not)

Browsing Twitter for Supreme Court related feeds, your blogger came across an account said to be that of a certain Antonin Scalia.  It features slightly amusing (but mostly profane, unfunny) posts about life on the court. The writer clearly follows the court’s activities fairly closely. There’s even a reference to a long-running Navajo Nation case decided earlier this week, […]

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Even Supreme Court Justices Are Laughing At General Motors Now

You know you’re in trouble when you’re openly mocked in the U.S. Supreme Court. That’s what happened to General Motors this morning during oral arguments in a campaign finance case that has nothing to do with the troubled Detroit company. The joker in question was prominent Republican lawyer Ted Olson, who was arguing on behalf […]

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Alito Channels John Lennon

Conservative Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. probably wouldn’t see eye-to-eye with late Beatle John Lennon on too many issues, but that didn’t stop him making a lengthy reference to one of the musician’s songs in a decision issued today. In a ruling that allows a town in Utah to decide what public monuments – including religious ones […]

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Breyer And The Empty Printer Cartridge

Justice Stephen Breyer shared a dirty secret with the nation today: he doesn’t recycle his old printer cartridges. He also alleged that millions of his fellow Americans also fail to “put it in the right garbage can,” as he put it. Breyer also referred to himself as a “particularly bad customer” for failing to follow […]

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