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Court's Conservatives 'Unmaking' Law Again
« on: May 20, 2019, 03:25:44 PM »
Jost on Justice 5/18/2019

The Roberts Court's refortified conservative majority stirred fears for the future of abortion rights last week [May 13] by flexing their muscles to discard in the name of federalism a 40-year-old precedent that had gone all but unnoticed ever since. Speaking for the four liberal justices in dissent, Justice Stephen G. Breyer rejected the majority's rationales for scrapping the old case and, pointing in particular to the most reaffirmation of Roe v. Wade, wondered in print about "which cases the Court will overrule next."

      The fate of Roe v. Wade apparently now turns on the predilections of Chief Justice John Roberts and the Court's newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh. The future of Roe v. Wade was the most important issue in Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing last year until the late-arising dispute over a 30-year-old accusation of sexual misconduct.

      Kavanaugh secured the influential vote of Maine's sometime maverick Republican Susan Collins only after convincing Collins that he was not dead set on overruling Roe if confirmed. Roberts too was questioned closely about the case in his confirmation hearing 14 years ago and allayed some fears among abortion-rights advocates by stressing the importance of precedent and calling it a "jolt to the system" to overrule a prior decision.

      Outside the Court, anti-abortion forces are working hard to provide a test case that the conservative bloc could use to flatly overrule Roe, notably in the new Alabama law that makes women and doctors alike criminally liable for abortions except in extremely rare circumstances. The new laws enacted in ruby-red Republican states validate their political strategy despite the still prevailing majority in the United States opposed to completely outlawing abortion.

      The Court's reversal of an old precedent in the new decision, Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, refocused attention on the Roberts Court's record on reversing prior rulings. Statistics compiled for the Supreme Court Database at Washington University's School of Law in St. Louis show that the Roberts Court actually has been scrapping old cases at a slower pace than any of the previous Courts under three chief justices: Earl Warren, Warren E. Burger, and William H. Rehnquist.

More: http://www.jostonjustice.com/2019/05/courts-conservatives-unmaking-law-again.html
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Re: Court's Conservatives 'Unmaking' Law Again
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2019, 04:28:41 PM »
Jost on Justice 5/18/2019

The Roberts Court's refortified conservative majority stirred fears for the future of abortion rights last week [May 13] by flexing their muscles to discard in the name of federalism a 40-year-old precedent that had gone all but unnoticed ever since. Speaking for the four liberal justices in dissent, Justice Stephen G. Breyer rejected the majority's rationales for scrapping the old case and, pointing in particular to the most reaffirmation of Roe v. Wade, wondered in print about "which cases the Court will overrule next."

      The fate of Roe v. Wade apparently now turns on the predilections of Chief Justice John Roberts and the Court's newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh. The future of Roe v. Wade was the most important issue in Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing last year until the late-arising dispute over a 30-year-old accusation of sexual misconduct.

      Kavanaugh secured the influential vote of Maine's sometime maverick Republican Susan Collins only after convincing Collins that he was not dead set on overruling Roe if confirmed. Roberts too was questioned closely about the case in his confirmation hearing 14 years ago and allayed some fears among abortion-rights advocates by stressing the importance of precedent and calling it a "jolt to the system" to overrule a prior decision.

      Outside the Court, anti-abortion forces are working hard to provide a test case that the conservative bloc could use to flatly overrule Roe, notably in the new Alabama law that makes women and doctors alike criminally liable for abortions except in extremely rare circumstances. The new laws enacted in ruby-red Republican states validate their political strategy despite the still prevailing majority in the United States opposed to completely outlawing abortion.

      The Court's reversal of an old precedent in the new decision, Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, refocused attention on the Roberts Court's record on reversing prior rulings. Statistics compiled for the Supreme Court Database at Washington University's School of Law in St. Louis show that the Roberts Court actually has been scrapping old cases at a slower pace than any of the previous Courts under three chief justices: Earl Warren, Warren E. Burger, and William H. Rehnquist.

More: http://www.jostonjustice.com/2019/05/courts-conservatives-unmaking-law-again.html

It is absolutely hilarious that the progressives are in favor of a "Living Constitution", but support stare decisis (when it is in their favor).   Intellectual hypocrites.

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Re: Court's Conservatives 'Unmaking' Law Again
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2019, 08:37:08 PM »
FTA:

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      The Court's reversal of an old precedent in the new decision, Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, refocused attention on the Roberts Court's record on reversing prior rulings. Statistics compiled for the Supreme Court Database at Washington University's School of Law in St. Louis show that the Roberts Court actually has been scrapping old cases at a slower pace than any of the previous Courts under three chief justices: Earl Warren, Warren E. Burger, and William H. Rehnquist.

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Re: Court's Conservatives 'Unmaking' Law Again
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2019, 11:11:46 PM »
FTA:

The title does not match the content of the article.
I think it does, in the sense of doing the opposite of making law via the courts.
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Re: Court's Conservatives 'Unmaking' Law Again
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2019, 11:22:06 PM »
I think it does, in the sense of doing the opposite of making law via the courts.

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