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November, 2009

November 24, 2009

by David H. Gans, Director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship Program, Constitutional Accountability Center

November 24, 2009

Yesterday, CAC filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in McDonald v. City of Chicago, a case that asks whether the 2nd Amendment individual right to bear arms recognized by the Court in Heller v. District of Columbia (2008) is protected against infringement by the states.

November 17, 2009

The Senate is scheduled to vote today on whether to end debate on the confirmation of President Obama’s first judicial nominee, Judge David Hamilton, nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and thus to allow a vote on Judge Hamilton’s confirmation to go forward.  Some Senate Republicans – in particular, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – have stated they will vote against cloture, in other words, that they will filibuster the nomination.

November 15, 2009

Late last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court returned what may be its final decision in Caperton v. Massey Coal Co., a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before returning to state court for rehearing this Fall.

November 12, 2009

Georgetown University Law Center is hosting a panel tomorrow on the Privileges or Immunities Clause and McDonald v.

November 12, 2009

by Judith E. Schaeffer, Vice President, Constitutional Accountability Center

November 10, 2009

Last week’s Supreme Court oral argument in Pottawattamie County v. McGhee (08-1065) was the first time this year the Court discussed the limits of absolute immunity for prosecutors -- a subject it also visited last Term in Van de Kamp v.

November 9, 2009

by Doug Kendall, President & Founder, Constitutional Accountability Center

November 5, 2009

This week we learned that the folks over at Rasmussen have conducted yet another embarrassingly-misleading poll, “gauging” the American populace’s opinion of the Supreme Court.   The poll, conducted late last month, asked 1,000 likely voters a familiar question: