In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important case that asks whether Congress violated Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution by delegating its lawmaking authority to the executive branch. That question is at the heart of Gundy v. United States , in which convicted sex offender Herman Avery Gundy is challenging the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2006 (SORNA), which among other things requires convicted sex offenders to register, check in periodically in person, and share personal information with the authorities.
James Madison once said that the job of the U.S. Supreme Court was to act as “an impenetrable bulwark against every assumption of power in the legislative or executive.” Unfortunately, the justices have not always seen their role in the same light. Here are five cases from the past five decades in which a majority of the Court fell down on the job.
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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in the House chamber during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Rachel Mitchell Crossed a Line No Prosecutor Should Cross With Her Christine Blasey Ford Report Ex-Boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford Claims She Told a Falsehood About a Polygraph Test The GoFundMe Campaigns for Kavanaugh Are a Disturbing Reminder of His Nomination’s Forgotten Controversy At a Campaign Rally, American President Accused of Sexual Assault Mocks Woman’s Recollection of Her Sexual Assault During Tuesday’s oral arguments in Gundy v. United States at the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch name-dropped an unusual ally: the American Civil Liberties Union.
Noted appellate attorney Lisa Blatt on why she supports the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, and shows how we should evaluate judicial nominees from the other side of the aisle. Lisa Blatt is among Washington, DC’s most accomplished appellate attorneys.
American Border Patrol agents this past weekend set up a roadblock in on I-93 South in Thornton, New Hampshire (more than 100 driving miles from the Canadian border) allegedly in search of immigration law violation. This Fourth Amendment nullification zone had been set up on a route heading south from a long-planned New Hampshire Cannabis Freedom Festival in Lancaster, NH.
I have previously discussed the legendary career of Judge Richard Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Widely viewed as the father of Law and Economics, Posner remains one of greatest influences on American jurisprudence in the history of this country.
Barack Obama had his share of poor decisions and outright failures. One of his worst moments came during his 2010 State of the Union address. With six justices seated in front of him, he upbraided the Supreme Court for a decision on campaign finance regulation. “With all due deference to separation of powers,” he said, “last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.” It was a rude breach of protocol, inducing Justice Samuel Alito to shake his head and mouth, “Not true.” Obama’s first sin was being disrespectful to justices who were there out of respect to his office.