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April, 2009

April 29, 2009

Today, the Fair Arbitration Now Coalition – a group of civil rights and other groups working to defend the ability of consumers, workers, minorities, and the elderly, among others, to obtain access to justice – are marking “Arbitration Fairness Day,” aimed at raising awareness of the abuses of mandatory arbitration.

April 27, 2009

by Elizabeth Wydra and David H. Gans, Constitutional Accountability Center

April 23, 2009

There is a really dumb version of the judicial doctrine of “originalism” that goes something like this: “If the Framers didn’t imagine something happening at the time of the original drafting of the Constitution, then addressing that thing must be unconstitutional.” (CAC’s better method for preserving constitutional accountability is explained here.)

April 21, 2009

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

A second Supreme Court showdown on guns just got a lot more likely.

April 20, 2009

Today is the 89th birthday of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. History will remember Justice Stevens as one of our greatest Supreme Court justices, in large part for the work he has done in the past decade. Justice Stevens personifies the argument against term limits and for life tenure.

April 20, 2009

The Supreme Court will hear argument on Wednesday in Ricci v. DeStefano, a case brought by a group of firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, challenging the City’s decision not to use the results of a promotion exam because the City was concerned, based on the results, that the test was unfair to minority candidates.

April 17, 2009

Any day now, the Supreme Court could hand down its ruling in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal, a case asking whether whether the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause required West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin to recuse himself from hearing a case involving a litigant who had made substantial contributions to his state election campaign.

April 15, 2009

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

April 14, 2009

by David Gans, Director of the Human & Civil Rights Program, Constitutional Accountability Center

On April 14, 1873 – 136 years ago today – the Supreme Court decided the Slaughterhouse Cases, one of the Supreme Court’s most infamous, erroneous, and constitutionally destructive decisions.

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