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Justice on the Rocks: The Demise of the People’s Court
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2012-06-14 11:44:49
Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” – William Howard Taft

When I was in law school, what gave me the impetus to become a civil-liberties attorney was seeing firsthand how much good could be done through the justice system. Those were the years of the Warren Court (1953-1969), when Earl Warren helmed the U.S. Supreme Court as chief justice, alongside such luminaries as William J. Brennan Jr., William O. Douglas, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter, and Thurgood Marshall.

The Warren Court handed down rulings that were instrumental in shoring up critical legal safeguards against government abuse and discrimination. Without the Warren Court, there would be no Miranda warnings, no desegregation of the schools, and no civil-rights protections for indigents. Yet more than any single ruling, what Warren and his colleagues did best was embody what the Supreme Court should always be – an institution established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds.

That is no longer the case. In recent years, especially under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, sound judgment and justice have largely taken a back seat to legalism, statism, and elitism, while preserving the rights of the people has been de-prioritized and made to play second fiddle to both governmental and corporate interests – a trend that has not gone unnoticed by the American people. In fact, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that just 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing, while 75 percent say the justices’ decisions are sometimes influenced by their personal or political views.


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Ted Rall: This Calls for Creative Hacking
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2012-04-13 11:48:10



Strip-Searching America: The Supreme Court Favors Abuse Over the Bill of Rights
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2012-04-12 11:53:02

In a devastating 5-4 ruling that not only condones an overreach of state power but legitimizes what is essentially state-sponsored humiliation and visual rape, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 2 declared that any person who is arrested and processed at a jail house can be subjected to a strip search. The severity of the offense is irrelevant – they can be guilty of nothing more than a minor traffic offense – and police or jail officials don’t need to have a reasonable suspicion that an arrestee is carrying a weapon or contraband. The five-man majority rationalized their ruling as being necessary for safety, security, and efficiency – the government’s overused and all-too-convenient justifications for its steady erosion of our freedoms since 9/11.


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Ted Rall: No One Could Hear Me
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2012-04-09 13:24:50



Ted Rall: The New Miranda Rules
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2010-06-09 11:46:13





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