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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I think it’s going to be another Democratic president”


Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg WaPo cover

Via a WaPo Magazine titled, "The question facing Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Stay or go?"...

So Ginsburg understands politics but does not feel she faces a deadline to leave so that Obama, whom she admires, can choose her successor.

I think it’s going to be another Democratic president” after Obama, Ginsburg said. “The Democrats do fine in presidential elections; their problem is they can’t get out the vote in the midterm elections.”

Nailed it.

Voter turnout is key. Dems absolutely must get people to the polls during midterms, especially because now there are so many gerrymandered districts. We have to go above and beyond in order to overcome that obstacle.

In 2010, we pretty much sucked at getting out the vote, especially young voters. Democrats sat out the election for whatever reason: Apathy, frustration, lack of motivation, cockiness, not being familiar enough with the candidates, being uninformed about the issues, not realizing the consequences of not voting, assuming there would be enough voters to "cover" them, ad nauseam.

Whatever the reason, Justice Ginsburg is right. We know how to kick ass in presidential elections, but we tend to be midterm sloths. But despite the reasoning behind her conclusion, there is no reason for us to feel too confident during those elections, not ever. We must drive home the point that elections matter, all elections, and never allow ourselves to become complacent.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sticking around


A girl can dream

I'm not a subscriber, so the only info I can provide you on the New Yorker piece by Jeffrey Toobin is what I can access and what Taegan has posted.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns eighty this month, and she can project the daunting stillness of a seated monarch.

Per Taegan, Justice Ginsburg tells  she intends to stay on the court "as long as I can do the job full steam."

Said Ginsburg: "There will come a point when I -- It's not this year. You can never tell when you're my age. But, as long as I think I have the candlepower, I will do it. And I figure next year for certain. After that, who knows?"

If only Justices Scalia, Alito, and/or Thomas would throw in the towel. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

how can i miss you if you won't go away

By the way, irony is not dead. Scalia said the following during the oral arguments on the Voting Rights Act:

Via Think Progress: Noting the fact that the Voting Rights Act reauthorization passed 98-0 when it was before the Senate in 2006, Scalia claimed four years ago that this unopposed vote actually undermines the law: “The Israeli supreme court, the Sanhedrin, used to have a rule that if the death penalty was pronounced unanimously, it was invalid, because there must be something wrong there.”

Scalia's nomination sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate, winning confirmation by a vote of 98-0.


"Staunchly Republican, conservative Catholic" Pa. Supreme Court justice convicted of corruption


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Two "staunchly Republican, conservative Catholic" sisters are in legal hot water. Did I mention one of them is a Supreme Court justice in Pennsylvania? The other is a Supreme Court aide. Or was.


PITTSBURGH - A member of Pennsylvania's highest court was convicted Thursday of corrupting the election process in her campaigns to win a seat on the bench, triggering renewed calls to change the system of electing state judges.

Justice Joan Orie Melvin was just the second known Supreme Court justice to be convicted in nearly three centuries, and her conviction may soon set in motion political campaigns by would-be justices vying to replace her.

Melvin and her sister, Janine Orie, were convicted of corruption for allegedly misusing state-paid staffers to do campaign work.

At least justice was served. And a Justice is serving.

Here's a fun fact: A third sister — former state Sen. Jane Orie — is already in state prison for using her state-paid staff to run her campaigns.

All in the family (values), as they say:

three gop sisters convicted pennsylvania (Photo- Keith Srakocic, Gene Puskar, AP)

Former state senator Jane Orie, right, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, center, Janine Orie, left,
(Photo: Keith Srakocic, Gene Puskar, AP)


Justice Kagan called for jury duty


Via The Note

Irony isn't dead:

In the end, Kagan wasn't selected, and later "dropped her plastic badge in the trash can and left the courthouse without stopping to collect her $4 transportation stipend."

Did you spot Justice Kagan in the photo?

She would have made a great jury foreperson.


BREAKING- Supreme Court Watch: Senate confirms Elena Kagan!


I'm watching CSPAN as the vote is taking place.  Al Franken is presiding.

It was a given, but congratulations, Justice Kagan!

UPDATE: The final tally was 63-37.


Pat Leahy: New Justice to Be Confirmed by August


By GottaLaff

Is this anything like health care reform legislation being completed by summer, er, fall, er, before Christmas, er, in March?

I'm sure we're all looking forward to the kindly old white Congress-gentlemen on the right side of the aisle reaching out to their brethren in a grand gesture of bipartisanship, coming together as one to confirm their president's Supreme Court nominee:

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted Sunday that a new Supreme Court justice would be confirmed before Senators leave town for the August recess.


Scalia Would Have Voted to Keep School Segregation


By GottaLaff

Supreme Court "Justice"?

In an appearance at the University of Arizona, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia "said he likely would have dissented from the historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation illegal and struck down the system of 'separate but equal'; public schools," the East Valley Tribune reports.

"He said that decision, which overturned earlier precedent, was designed to provide an approach the majority liked better."

"I will stipulate that it will,'' Scalia said. But he said that doesn't make it right.

This from the man who thought nothing of executing the innocent. And here's a peek at a few more chestnuts of judicial wisdom:

"Right to abortion?'' he asked. "Come on. Nobody thought it violated anything in the Constitution for 200 years. It was criminal.''

The same, said Scalia, is true of homosexual sodomy. Yet the nation's high court has struck down state laws banning both.

Thank you, Bush 43, Ronald Reagan*, for your lasting contribution to the Supreme Court, and thank you to everyone who voted to confirm Ronnie's nominees. We'll be indebted to you all for years...

...and years, and years.

*Sorry for the error. I am truly half asleep today.