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Supreme Court Nominations Will Never Be the Same - Bloomberg View
As it turned out, that also meant that Tribe’s generational successor in that role, Cass Sunstein (another colleague of mine, both at Harvard Law and here at Bloomberg View) also had little chance of being nominated, despite being much more centrist than Tribe and just as qualified in his own right. Sunstein hadn’t been involved in the Bork hearings -- but the rules of the game had changed. Barack Obama couldn’t even get Sunstein, an administrative law expert, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which specializes in administrative law.
supremecourt  Democrats  history  bloomberg 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
A History Lesson From Clarence Thomas - Reason.com
Many of his critics may be too ignorant to know it, but Thomas’ writings are steeped in African-American history and grapple repeatedly with the long shadow cast by slavery and Jim Crow. He may not be a modern liberal, but there is no question that Clarence Thomas is part of a civil rights tradition that started with Frederick Douglass.
history  reason  blacks  supremecourt  sidebar  thomas 
august 2013 by HispanicPundit
Update on religious affiliations of Supreme Court justices - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
"It looks as if Jews and men have been overrepresented, also Episcopalians (which, as I noted earlier, are not necessarily considered Protestant in terms of religious doctrine but which I counted as such for the ethnic categorization). Religion is an interesting political variable because it's nominally about religious belief but typically seems to be more about ethnicity."
SupremeCourt  religion  jews  catholic  christians  history  gelman  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
The Myth of the Balanced Court | The American Prospect
The court of the 1980's, though considered at the time conservative, was way more liberal than todays court. The Supreme Court, and the legal profession in general, has moved right.
SupremeCourt  judicial-activism  history  philosophy  AmericanProspect  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit

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