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April 30, 2010
The President, the press, and the public have been rightly outraged by the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC to allow corporations to drown out the voices of We the People in our political system. But Citizens United is just the tip of the iceberg. In less publicized cases, the Roberts Court is moving in a pro-corporate direction in other areas of the law as well, touching the lives of just about every American.
 
April 22, 2010

On April 22, 2010, Constitutional Accountability Center sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of President Obama's nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read the text below or click on the link to see the letter in its entirety. 

April 20, 2010

For much of the last century—long before Congress acted—federal courts allowed plaintiffs to seek injunctions to stop all kinds of pollution. Successful suits prevented an ore smelter from releasing deadly atmospheric arsenic over the homes and families of Utah, the City of Chicago from draining its sewage into St. Louis' drinking supply, and New York City from dumping its garbage into the Atlantic, where it washed up on the beaches of the New Jersey Shore. Today, states and environmentalists are turning to these and other historic precedents to make the case that climate change, too, belongs in the courts—when the other branches of government refuse to act.

April 12, 2010

 

WASHINGTON — A pair of key Senate Republicans urged President Obama on Sunday to pick someone from the judicial mainstream to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and downplayed — but did not rule out — a filibuster to block a nominee they opposed.

April 12, 2010

 

Stevens' willingness to put aside ego and to rule narrowly on hot-button cases - combined with an unmatched cordiality and kindness - earned him quiet power and respect.

April 11, 2010

 

In nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens went from idiosyncratic maverick to the leader of the court's liberal wing. He always described it as the court's evolution more than his own -- almost all of his colleagues, he said, had been replaced by a justice with more conservative views.

April 9, 2010

 

Just hours after Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement, Pres. Obama said he will select a Supreme Court nominee in the "coming weeks."

April 9, 2010

 

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’s retirement will test President Barack Obama’s commitment to his liberal activist base.