The most notable feature of the Supreme Court’s November 26 per curiam, summary ruling in Nitro-Lift Technologies, LLC v.
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If medals were awarded for bravery and injuries sustained in the war over civil rights and voting rights, then Lawrence Guyot, who died this weekend, would have been one of our most decorated veterans.
The New York Times’ obituary chronicles some of his harrowing experiences:
As CAC has documented many times, the tea party claims to channel the Founding Fathers and adhere rigidly to the Constitution, but only rarely understands what the document says.
The great new film Lincoln, starring famed actor Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg, chronicles our 16th President’s role in pushing for passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which Lincoln called “a king's cure” for the evils of slavery.
The graph above illustrates the central anomaly of President Obama’s first-term efforts to appoint judges to the federal bench: the number of judicial vacancies has continued sloping upward, rather than down, during the course of his first term.
In the wake of an election season in which the Voting Rights Act proved its mettle as the last, best hope against voter suppression efforts, the Supreme Court today decided to review the constitutionality of a key part of this iconic civil rights statute in a case called Shelby County v. Holder. If the experience over the last 12 months proves anything, it’s that the Voting Rights Act is as vital today as it was in 1965 when originally passed. Hopefully, the proven success of the Act and the powerful opinions written by lower court judges from across the ideological spectrum applying it will convince a majority on the Court to affirm rather than undermine the vital constitutionality of the Act.
One of the happiest developments for Constitutional Accountability Center on Election Day was CAC Board member Sean Patrick Maloney’s victory in his race for the congressional seat for New York’s 18th District.
Sean won a close race against a tea party conservative who embraced the tea party’s distorted views of the federal government, arguing among other things that federal disaster aid money needed to be offset by spending cuts during Hurricane Irene.
This morning, Constitutional Accountability Center President Doug Kendall joined former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and a panel of other progressive leaders for a discussion of the future of the federal courts during President Obama’s second term. The discussion was sponsored by the Center for American Progress, American Constitution Society and Constitutional Accountability Center. Kendall joined Ian Millhiser of CAP Action’s ThinkProgress Justice, Caroline Frederickson, President of ACS, and moderator Andrew Blotky of CAP’s Legal Progress.
The future of the Supreme Court is the 800-pound gorilla in the room this election season that neither candidate seems to want to talk about much. That's what made President Obama's Rock Center remarks last week on Citizens United - a 5-4 ruling by the Court in 2010 that unleashed the specter of unlimited corporate expenditures on our Nation's political system - so important.
The Supreme Court was in session today for a rare Thursday hearing, after rescheduling the arguments that were originally to be heard this past Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy. It was odd to be in the courthouse on a Thursday, and it was mostly empty. Which is a shame, because the arguments in Chaidez v. United States are important and were very well made by both advocates in the case (Jeffrey Fisher for Ms. Chaidez, and Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben for the United States).