The Judiciary

Trying terrorists

The U.S. must show that it is up to the challenge of trying high-profile terrorists in the American justice system.

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War by words

The final days of June and first days of July have been the scrappiest political days of 2014.

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Will the Supreme Court undermine public-sector labor rights?

Before late June, the Supreme Court will rule on Harris v. Quinn, perhaps the most important labor case to come before it in several decades. If the court sides with the extremist National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW),...

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Reid's nuclear-confirmed judge ignores the law

The rule of law is officially dead in America.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has been placed on the ballot for re-election by a federal district judge in spite of universal agreement that...

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A solicitous prosecution

In literature, Inspector Javert of Les Misérables is the epitome of the overreaching persecutor who obsesses over driving his prey into oblivion. Today's notice of the Justice Department's solicitousness of Credit Suisse executives shows...

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A privileged few

As a member of the Supreme Court bar, I can go to any argument or decision day and observe American history happen. So can a few hundred citizens who stand in line for the few seats parceled out. Why just us? Is there a good reason?

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On being 80

I’ve recently passed my 80th birthday. I think about it as I read the debates about whether Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire.

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Republicans' Texas and national judicial shutdowns must end

Voters who despised the government shutdown and threats of driving America into national default, caused by recent extremism of Republicans in Washington, will equally despise the judicial shutdown caused by Republicans in Texas and the U.S. Senate.

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Harry Reid's racial choreography

After the "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman was announced — a verdict predicted by most legal experts based on evidence, lack of evidence, weakness of burden of proof and testimony — the predictable politicization and preening for the cameras began.

The professional race-baiters did their usual thing, as did those who are so easily baited. The news outlets breathlessly reported on the reactions from the former and the latter, shamelessly playing the role of the former, all the while using the situation to fan the flames for ratings. But we expect that from them, sadly.

What is troubling on a very core level, however, is the choreography by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats in an ever more determined and sophisticated effort to exploit and politicize a tragic situation for partisan advantage.

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