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Review: Five Chiefs by John Paul Stevens

John Paul Stevens’ tenure as an associate justice of the Supreme Court lasted 34 years, 6 months, and 11 days, the capstone of a career that included time as a law clerk to Supreme Court justice Wiley Rutledge, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and private attorney. Throughout his lifetime … Continue reading Review: Five Chiefs by John Paul Stevens

Troy Davis

Prof. Carolyn Shapiro comments on the role the Court played in the controversial execution of Troy Davis on September 21.

Davis was convicted for the 1989 murder a police officer in Savannah, Georgia, based largely on eye witness testimony. Many of these witnesses, however, recanted their testimony. After a series of hearings and appeals, including an order by the Court directing a federal district court to review the case, Davis was set to be executed.

A last minute petition for stay of execution to the Supreme Court drew intense public interest, especially in social media. The Court, however, declined to intervene a second time.

An Open Court?

The New York Times published an editorial today in support of a proposal last week from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The proposal advocates–and the editorial endorses–a presumption for openness regarding the Court’s records. Beyond its paper records, the Court continues to shield itself from public access, restricting its public sessions to … Continue reading An Open Court?

Justice Stephen Breyer speaks at Chicago-Kent

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer spoke at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law on Monday, September 12, 2011. Prior to his address, we produced and played an introductory video reflecting on Breyer’s 17+ years of service on the Court. We integrated commentary by Professors Sheldon Nahmod, Carolyn Shapiro, and Edward Lee with selections from Justice Breyer’s majority opinion announcements, dissents from the bench, and oral arguments. Please watch the video, now in two parts. Feel free to share this with others who may share an interest in Justice Breyer’s career.

We shall link or post Breyer’s remarks in the next few days.

Liberals attack core conservative principles

Professor Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School lays out a detailed argument with the following objective: “The conservative constitutional narrative is deeply unprincipled and patently wrong, both in its defense of conservative judicial ideology and in its attack on what conservatives deride as a result-oriented “liberal” jurisprudence. In fact, most of the … Continue reading Liberals attack core conservative principles

Get tough with SCOTUS ethics, say House Dems

A group of House Democrats are pushing for tougher ethics standards for Supreme Court justices. They want to hold the justices to the same high standards that apply to all other federal judges. It seems obvious that this proposal is a non-starter in the Republican-controlled House. But it does draw attention to the different standards … Continue reading Get tough with SCOTUS ethics, say House Dems