Posts tagged "supreme court"

Gay Marriage Supporters Wait Out The DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions On The Supreme Court Steps

The Supreme Court will hear two landmark gay rights cases today: they’re hearing arguments on Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Court critics say the cases could go a number of ways, and despite the fact that both cases will get relatively little time in front of the judges (just 60…

Julie Gerstein / March 26, 2013

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Can Drop And Give You 20

Happy belated birthday to Supreme Court Justice Bader Ginsburg!  There are so many reasons to love the two-time cancer survivor Justice: from her stance on reproductive rights, to holding it down as the solo woman on the court for three years (post-Sandra Day O’Connor, pre-Sonia Sotomayor).

Yesterday March 19, The Washington Post revealed another endearing…

Sarah Gray / March 21, 2013

Majority Of Americans Say ‘Roe Vs. Wade’ Should Not Be Overturned: Pew Poll

Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which effectively legalized abortion, should not be overturned according to the majority of Americans. This information comes via a Pew Research poll which found 63 percent of those polled want the landmark decision to be left alone. [Feminist.org]
A South Carolina state representative has introduced…

Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2013

Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court will take up California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said today they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex…

Newser / December 8, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks Princesses On “Sesame Street”

At some point in the life of many little girls and some little boys there comes the cold, hard realization that you cannot be a princess when you grow up. Think about it: do you really want to spend the rest of your life like Kate Middleton abusing brown eye liner? I thought not. A…

Jessica Wakeman / November 12, 2012

When Fox News And CNN Got The SCOTUS Health Care Ruling Wrong

Remember this morning, when the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s health care law? That was awesome. But in the moments after the ruling came down, there was mass confusion about what it all meant. After all, Supreme Court rulings aren’t just like, YAY or NAY. They’re hundreds of complexly worded legal documents. So because both CNN…

Julie Gerstein / June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare

The fate of ObamaCare has been decided—and it’s very, very good news for President Obama and tens of millions of uninsured Americans. The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act with one Medicaid-related exception. SCOTUSblog reports that Chief Justice John Roberts’ vote “saved” ObamaCare; he sided with the left in upholding the individual mandate…

Newser / June 28, 2012

Walmart Facing Biggest Sex Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit Ever Next Week

Beginning next week, Walmart will go before the Supreme Court to defend itself in the largest class action sexual discrimination lawsuit in history. Walmart is accused of allegedly paying female employees less and favoring male employees for promotions at its 3,400 big box stores nationwide.

Jessica Wakeman / March 24, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Clarence Thomas’ Wife Asks Anita Hill For Sexual Harassment Apology

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia Thomas, called Anita Hill and left a message on her Brandeis University answering machine asking her for an apology nearly 20 years after the two families were embroiled in a very public sexual harassment battle. In 1991, Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee before…

Jessica Wakeman / October 20, 2010

10 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

I’ve already heard her name about 16 times today. So who is Elena Kagan, Obama’s nomination for the 112th justice of the Supreme Court, and what is she all about? After the jump, 10 facts you should know about the next woman who may sit on our highest bench.

Ami Angelowicz / May 10, 2010

Who Is Potential Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan, Anyway?

Ding dong, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring! Surely you remember when President Obama nominated Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court last summer? Well, gird your loins, kiddies, because it’s time to do it all again.

White House gossips say Obama is considering about 10 possible replacements for Stevens and U.S. Solicitor General…

Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Sonia Sotomayor Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice

“Wise Latina” Sonia Sotomayor took the judicial oath of the Supreme Court on Saturday morning. She is the first Latina and the third woman to sit on the Supreme Court. [New York Times] — Her first case will be a snoozy-sounding campaign finance matter. Unless you’re into that sort of thing.

Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed To The Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed by the Senate in a 68-31 vote. After she receives the oath of office, Sotomayor will be the first Latina judge and third female judge to join the bench. [New York Times]
Chris Brown’s sentencing for his assault of Rihanna has been delayed until August 27th. The judge on the…

Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor Gets The A-OK From Senate Panel

Hotly contested Latina Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, by a vote of 13 to 6. Twelve Democrats and one Republican voted for her, which means maybe this thing won’t be so hotly contested after all? The New York Times says that Senate confirmation is pretty much guaranteed,…

Nikki Dowling / July 28, 2009

Breaking: Sonia Sotomayor Can Be Objective, Too

Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor is in the middle her confirmation hearings. Each day, we reach new heights of irritation that her impartiality is called into question.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Senate Judiciary Committee summed up the tone the best on “Face The Nation” on Sunday, when he said, “Every judge must be…

Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2009

The Only Woman On The Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Tells All

A lot of people are happy that Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, but Emily Bazelon from Slate found someone in particular who is pretty psyched: the only woman presently sitting on the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Ever since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired three years ago, Ginsberg ha…

Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2009

Supreme Court Says Strip Search Of 13-Year-Old Was Unconstitutional

In 2003, Savanna Redding was 13 when a classmate was caught with prescription strength ibuprofen and told her school administrators she bought the pills from Savanna. So school officials searched Savanna’s backpack. When they found nothing, two female employees took her to the bathroom and strip-searched her to her bra and underwear. Still nothing. So…

Justine Fields / June 25, 2009

Is It Possible To “Judge Like A Woman”?

Just how much does gender influence the way a judge makes decisions?

The New York Times tried to tackle this behemoth question—as it pertains to Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court—in one tight little article this weekend. And while we hate to nitpick, the title alone kinda pissed us off:…

Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2009

What Exactly Were These Abortions Dr. Tiller Performed?

A 51-year-old anti-abortion activist is in custody in Wichita, KS, after he allegedly shot and killed Dr. George Tiller, 67. Tiller, who had provided abortions to women for over 30 years, was gunned down in the foyer of his church while he passed out the church bulletin. [NY Times]

Some anti-choice extremists think…

Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2009

Will Sonia Sotomayor Be Pro-Choice? Looks Like Maybe Not.

We think it’s pretty dope that Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s pick for Supreme Court justice, is (a) a lady and (b) could the first person of Hispanic descent to don Supreme Court robes. But many pro-choice advocates are sounding alarm bells today because they have a sneaking suspicion that, once on the bench, Sotomayor may not…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 28, 2009