Category Archives: Judicial

History, Parole Denied!

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News in the Rochester Area!

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Sports News!

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Breaking News! Charles Manson Hospitalized!

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Good evening everyone. This just came across the wire. I remember this day. A very horrific crime.

8 Years Ago Today!

A look at history.
A look at history.

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Major Election Concern – Supreme Court

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On Monday, the US Supreme Court begins its new term without a full bench. The vacancy left by the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia remains unfilled.

President Barrack Obama has put forth a nominee, Merrick Garland. The Senate has refused to consider his appointment, saying the empty seat should not be filled until the next President is elected.

In addition to Scalia’s seat, with the ages of the current Justices, there is a real possibility the next person to fill the big chair in the Oval Office may have the opportunity to appoint up to four other people to the High Court.

At stake is the ideological bent of the Supreme Court, which has been decidedly conservative for decades, to a more liberal persuasion.

Yet on the campaign trail we have heard only a small amount of talk of such an important duty of the presidency.

As the new term begins and the Presidential Election just over a month away, what do voters think of the Court?

In timely fashion, Pew Research has revealed the results of its most recent subject on the highest court in the land and Americans opinions about the Court.

As can be readily seen from this chart, the Justices are viewed much more favorably than the other branches of government. Americans with a 60% sentiment look kindly on the Court.

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But there is a sharp difference in how Republicans and Democrats view the Supremes.

partylinesIndependents and Republicans may have a majority favorable view of the Supreme Court, it is much lower than the opinion of Democrats.

When Americans look at the Court from an ideological perspective, there are diverse ideas.

ideologyAs the chart depicts, Democrats see the Constitution as being a living document and changing with changing times. Republicans tend to interpret the Constitution to say what it means and meaning what it says. Independents tend to be evenly split between the two points of view.

Moderates tend to be evenly split between POVs, while conservatives and liberals are decidedly encamped in opposing perspectives.

How does appointments to the Supreme Court factor into your decision on who should be the next Commander-in-Chief?

Does it have any sway?

Here are five takeaways identified by Pew:

  1. Americans’ opinions of the court hit a 30-year low last year after controversial decisions, but have rebounded after a quieter term.
  2. There is a significant partisan gap in views of the court.
  3. Partisans have starkly different views over how the justices should interpret the Constitution.
  4. Conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are particularly likely to see court appointments as very important to their vote.
  5. Most Americans disagree with the Republican-controlled Senate’s decision to not hold hearings on Obama’s court nominee.

Get the details: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/09/26/5-facts-about-the-supreme-court/

From the Cornfield, as I continue to evaluate the candidates – Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and Evan McMullin – who gets to make these vital appointments to a term for life is a  deciding factor.

Conservative Justice Unexpectedly Dies

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Conservative and often controversial Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, was found dead of apparent natural causes this morning.

Scalia, who was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, was a stalwart of the conservative bent of the Court.

Often his remarks and actions were seen as a pox by the liberal portion of the nation while endearing to the right.

Scalia was a guest at the Cibolo Bend Ranch in the Big Bend area of Texas when he was discovered dead this morning.

Many had thought a vacancy may occur on the Court earlier, but presumed it would be Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She, however, opted not to retire.

With the vacancy caused by Scalia’s death there will be a push by Democrats for President Barack Obama to name a successor to the bench, who will turn the Court from conservative leaning to liberal leaning. However, with Republicans holding the majority in the US Senate, the vacancy most likely will not be filled until the next President takes office.

Scalia, whether loved or hated, will leave a dent in the cases considered by the Court. He was in the minority of such landmark decisions such as upholding the Affordable Care Act and the decision which made same gender marriage legal across the nation.

With this presidential election cycle already destroying the conventional wisdom, it is certain that the passing of Scalia and the vacancy on the Supreme Court will become a major campaign issue with both Democrats and Republicans.

The pressure to appoint a new justice will be intense on the White House. Equally, the vise will be twisted to the extreme on the Senate to not confirm any appointee.

Scalia was the first Italian-American appointed to the Court. He was also the longest serving justice of the current bench.

From the Cornfield, no matter your political persuasion, Antonin Scalia was a legal force and a brilliant mind impacting our judicial system from the top to the bottom.

Thoughts and condolences to the Scalia family.

May he rest in peace.