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2016-03

March 29, 2016

While pleased that the court affirmed, Constitutional Accountability Center president Elizabeth Wydra condemned Republican obstructionism in the Senate against the speedy appointment of a ninth Supreme Court justice.
"Today's divided ruling from the Supreme Court establishes no national precedent while leaving open the possibility that the issue will come before the court once again," Wydra said in a statement. "Such an outcome only emphasizes the importance of a Court that can operate with a full complement of nine justices that can resolve important legal questions from lower courts once and for all."

March 29, 2016

Elizabeth Wydra of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center countered: “Today’s divided ruling from the Supreme Court establishes no national precedent while leaving open the possibility that the issue will come before the court once again. Such an outcome only emphasizes the importance of a court that can operate with a full complement of nine justices that can resolve important legal questions from lower courts once and for all.”

March 29, 2016

“While Republican opposition to Judge Garland is unsurprising, Republicans may not be happy with the results of an eight-justice court that splits four-to-four, leaving in place liberal lower court decisions,” Brianne Gorod, chief counsel at the liberal-leaning Constitutional Accountability Center, tells me.

March 29, 2016

"Today’s divided ruling from the Supreme Court establishes no national precedent while leaving open the possibility that the issue will come before the court once again," said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center. "Such an outcome only emphasizes the importance of a court that can operate with a full complement of nine justices that can resolve important legal questions from lower courts once and for all."

March 29, 2016

“Such an outcome only emphasizes the importance of a court that can operate with a full complement of nine justices that can resolve important legal questions from lower courts once and for all,” said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.
“While we argued that the ruling of the Court below should be affirmed, as it now has been, today’s divided ruling from the Supreme Court establishes no national precedent while leaving open the possibility that the issue will come before the Court once again.”

March 29, 2016

Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center that filed a brief in the case on behalf of 48 current and former Republican state lawmakers and members of Congress, said Tuesday the decision was what they had argued for but highlights the harm of the lingering vacancy on the bench.

March 29, 2016

"Today's divided ruling from the Supreme Court establishes no national precedent," said Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center. "Such an outcome only emphasizes the importance of a court that can operate with a full complement of nine justices."

March 23, 2016

Which of these is a substantial burden? A law that results in the closure of abortion clinics and requires women to travel hundreds of miles to exercise their constitutional rights? Or a regulation requiring employers to fill out a form to claim a religious accommodation? This question is at the heart of two of the biggest cases being heard by the Supreme Court this year: one on Texas’s strict new abortion laws, argued earlier this month, and a challenge to the Affordable Care Act and its contraceptive-related provisions that will be discussed at oral arguments today.

March 23, 2016

The connection between requirements of the Affordable Care Act and military history may seem tenuous, but a brief on behalf of military historians was the first brief mentioned Wednesday. Sotomayor cited it to draw the analogy between the religious plaintiffs in the case before the court and conscientious objectors throughout U.S. history. Even at the time of the founding and during discussions of the Bill of Rights, the brief states, such objectors were required to pay for someone else to replace them in military service.

March 22, 2016

Elizabeth Wydra, of the Constitutional Accountability Center, said the potential impact on LGBT rights was “something to be concerned about.”
At the same time, Wydra also pointed to Alito’s majority opinion in Hobby Lobby, which specified that the decision was not intended to “provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.”

March 22, 2016

“As usual, all eyes will be on Justice Kennedy,” Elizabeth B. Wydra, president of the left-leaning Constitutional Accountability Center, said during a discussion of the case last week at the Cato Institute.

March 22, 2016

By deciding to judge the conduct of his own office in a case in which he was personally involved, Castille created a judicial conflict so obvious and so extreme that it violated the due process clause's guarantee of an impartial justice system, wrote Brianne J. Gorod, chief counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center.

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