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Linda Greenhouse, a fabulous Supreme Court reporter for decades, has a few thoughts on Gitmo and the Supremes:

Among the things we’ll learn by the time the Supreme Court recesses for the summer is whether the justices are finished with Guantánamo.

Of course, the court won’t post a sign declaring “No más Guantánamo.” The point is that the justices are scheduled in the coming days to consider whether to hear any of the half-dozen new appeals filed in recent months on behalf of detainees at the United States naval base in Cuba. One is an appeal of a framework-shifting appellate ruling that makes it nearly impossible to challenge the validity of the intelligence reports on which the government relies for most of the continuing detentions. If the Supreme Court turns all the cases down, as is quite likely and as the Obama administration is urging, the message will be the same: We’re through. (more…)

By |2012-05-18T00:19:13-04:00May 17th, 2012|Supreme court|1 Comment

Orly Taitz "birther" loses in court, again

It looks like Orly Taitz (I’m not sure how you pronounce her last name) who claimed to have found Barack Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate has had her 15 minutes of fame. The judge has thrown her latest lawsuit out of court because it is a piece of crap. Well, the judge said it a little differently

As explained previously, Plaintiff has demonstrated no likelihood of success on the merits. Her claims are based on sheer conjecture and speculation. She alleges no factual basis for her “hunch” or “feeling” or subjective belief that the President was not born in the United States. Moreover, she cites no legal authority supporting her bold contention that the alleged “cloud” over the President’s birthplace amounts to a violation of her individual constitutional rights.

The judge has clearly lost his patience with Ms. Taitz. The judge wrote “counsel for the Plantiff is ordered to show cause why the Court should not impose a monetary penalty of $10,000 upon Plaintiff’s counsel for her misconduct.”

By |2009-09-21T21:16:12-04:00September 21st, 2009|Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Orly Taitz "birther" loses in court, again

Supreme Court hears Photo ID law

Block the vote. That’s what this is about. It isn’t about making the voting process better. There are plenty of fake ID’s out there. Instead, this is about excluding a block of voters who are poor, who have issues with transportation, who are elderly.

This is part of an ongoing process to make a permanent Republican majority.

PBS’s NOW did a great piece on this. I’ll try and post it later on this evening.

By |2008-01-24T06:19:00-04:00January 24th, 2008|Supreme court|Comments Off on Supreme Court hears Photo ID law
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