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“Six Amendments” — Stevens Stirs the Pot

Supreme Court justices routinely serve well into their golden years and fade from public view once they leave the bench. Two of the three living retired justices, Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter, have followed that model. Souter, retired in 2009, went home to New Hampshire and has pretty well disappeared. O’Connor, who stepped aside […]

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Consistency in Judicial Opinions: The Case of Chief Justice Roberts

There are many qualities that excellent justices require. First is what is called the judicial temperament; that is, according to the American Bar Association, “compassion, decisiveness, open-mindedness, sensitivity, courtesy, patience, freedom from bias and commitment to equal justice.” Second must be a thorough knowledge of the law. But neither of these are of much use […]

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McCutcheon‘s faux populism

The plaintiff in McCutcheon v. FEC, Shaun McCutcheon, contended that he “fought for your right to support as many political candidates and parties as you like [emphasis added].” Llya Shapiro at Cato Institute said by striking down the aggregate contribution limits the Court “gave those who contribute money to candidates and parties (nearly) as much […]

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The 5 Most Absurd Quotes in McCutcheon v FEC Decision

Last week’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC was a blow to an open and vibrant democracy that stakes its legitimacy on the robust participation of all citizens’ voices – not just the very wealthy.

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LETTER: Aggregate limits didn’t burden speech

The $123,000 aggregate contribution limit stuck down by the Supreme Court last week in McCutcheon v. FEC was anything but “arbitrary” and “burden[some] on First Amendment speech” (Did Supreme Court ‘open floodgate’ for unlimited campaign cash?, Lawrence Eagle Tribune, April 6). The limit was necessary to deter public corruption and the appearance thereof. In 2012, […]

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